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Covid Infection Linked to More Type 1 Diabetes in Kids and Teens

A student opens a Covid-19 test swab at an elementary school in Boston.

A student opens a Covid-19 test swab at an elementary school in Boston.

Photographer: Allison Dinner/Bloomberg

Covid-19 in children and teens appeared to raise the risk of developing diabetes in two studies that didn’t settle the debate about whether the coronavirus can trigger the chronic condition.

Scientists from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health used national health registries to examine new diagnoses of type 1 diabetes over two years after the start of the pandemic. They found that youngsters who had tested positive for the coronavirus were about 60% more likely to develop type 1 diabetes.