Database Helps Clinicians Determine Whether COVID-19 Causes Diabetes

December 1, 2020

In this episode of Managed Care Cast, Francesco Rubino, MD, discusses the potential bidirectional relationship between coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and diabetes.

Diabetes is an established risk factor for more severe cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). But recently reported cases of COVID-19-related diabetes among those with no preexisting risk factors suggest the 2 conditions may have a bidirectional relationship.

Interested in these rare cases, which don’t appear to fit the typical 2 types of diabetes, Francesco Rubino, MD, a professor of metabolic and bariatric surgery at King’s College London, along with a cohort of clinicians from around the world, devised a global registry of COVID-19-related diabetes to better track and understand this condition.

The CoviDiab Registry was created to establish the extent and characteristics of new-onset, COVID-19-related diabetes, and to investigate its pathogenesis, management and outcomes. On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with Rubino about these new cases, the registry’s progress, and future implications of COVID-19-related diabetes.

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