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COVID-19 virus may damage the endocrine system

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Now Sri Lankan researchers say that this disease may also damage the endocrine system of your body. This is an essential system of the human body that is made up of the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries and testicles. Basically, it is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, tissue function, reproduction, growth and development sleep and mood. Diabetes and thyroid disorders are the most common problems that result from a malfunctioning endocrine system.

Virus enters endocrine cells and triggers diseases

Researchers from the National Hospital of Sri Lanka have revealed that people with endocrine disorders may see their condition worsen as a result of COVID-19. The virus that causes COVID -19 binds to the ACE2 receptor, a protein which is expressed in many tissues. This allows the virus to enter endocrine cells and cause the mayhem associated with the disease. They explored the previous SARS outbreak caused by the very similar virus SARS-CoV-1 to advise endocrinologists involved in the care of patients with COVID-19. According to the study, published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society, SARS-CoV-2 can cause loss of smell and gain entry to the brain.

  1. May cause adrenal insufficiency

  2. May cause diabetes

  3. May cause thyroid disorders

Detailed discussion on mechanism will follow soon in next article .


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