The increase in type 1 diabetes cases among children and teenagers during the COVID-19 pandemic is concerning researchers. A recent study analyzed data from different countries, including the UK, and found a significant rise in diagnosed cases. While some cases may be due to backlogs and healthcare delays, researchers believe there are other factors involved. Even before the pandemic, the incidence rate of type 1 diabetes in children was gradually increasing at around 3% per year. However, during the first and second years of the pandemic, there was a substantial surge, with a 14% and approximately 27% increase, respectively. Experts from the University of Toronto stress the importance of more resources and support to help the growing number of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes.

The reasons behind the surge in type 1 diabetes cases during COVID-19 remain uncertain. Some theories propose a potential connection between the virus and diabetes, while others suggest that reduced exposure to germs during lockdowns may play a role. However, the evidence for these theories is inconsistent. JDRF UK (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), an organization dedicated to diabetes research, urges people to be vigilant for symptoms such as fatigue, excessive thirst, frequent urination, and unexplained weight loss. They emphasize the importance of early detection and prompt treatment for effective management of the condition.