Link between hormones and Covid established

eAwaz Health

London – A statement by the European Society of Endocrinology says the human body’s hormones are strongly involved in the SARS-Cov-2 infection and evidence of an “endocrine phenotype” of Coronavirus has emerged. Scientists from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain looked at the available evidence with respect to Covid-19 across a number of endocrine conditions and related factors: diabetes, obesity, nutrition, hypocalcemia, vitamin D insufficiency, vertebral fractures, adrenal insufficiency, as well as pituitary/thyroid issues and sex hormones. The effect on hormones cannot be ignored in the context of Covid-19. Lead author Manel Puig from the varsity, said: “We need to be aware of the endocrine consequences of Covid-19 for patients with a known endocrine condition such as diabetes, obesity or adrenal insufficiency, but also for people without a known condition. Vitamin D insufficiency for example is very common, and the knowledge that this condition has emerged frequently in the hospitalised Covid-19 population and may negatively impact outcomes should not be taken lightly.” Diabetes has emerged as one of the most frequent comorbidities associated with severity and mortality of Covid-19. Mortality in Type-1 or Type-2 diabetes has consistently increased during the year of pandemic. Obesity increases susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 and the risk for Covid-19 adverse outcomes. Vitamin D, calcium and bone are other areas showing a growing body of evidence that better monitoring and solutions for patients are needed in the context of Covid-19.