Research study led by Prof. So Hon-cheong uncovers diabetes as a potential risk factor for COVID-19, and possible mechanisms

A research study led by Prof. So Hon-cheong, Assistant Professor of the School of Biomedical Sciences (SBS), CUHK has recently reported an advanced statistical approach to analyse risk factors that may be causally related to COVID-19 infection. Results suggested that diabetes may be a risk factor leading to increased susceptibility to or severity of COVID-19 infection through changes in ACE2 expression, which is a key receptor for the virus.

A substantial proportion of COVID-19 deaths in Hong Kong has previous diagnosis of diabetes. There is an urgent need to confirm risk factors and the mechanisms in order to protect the susceptible groups and identify effective treatments. These new insights have recently been published in the international scientific journal Diabetes Care.

The other two team members as co-first authors of the paper include Ms. Alexandria Lau, the BSc student of SBS, and Dr. Rao Shitao, Research Fellow of SBS. The full research paper is available HERE, whereas the related coverage by the Communications and Public Relations Office, CUHK can be viewed HERE.


綜觀本港的新冠肺炎死亡個案中,患者多患有糖尿病,凸顯了確定相關高危因素及背後機制的迫切需要,以保護易受感染的群組及找出有效的治療方案。以上最新研究見解最近已在國際科學期刊Diabetes Care發表。



综观本港的新冠肺炎死亡个案中,患者多患有糖尿病,凸显了确定相关高危因素及背后机制的迫切需要,以保护易受感染的群组及找出有效的治疗方案。以上最新研究见解最近已在国际科学期刊Diabetes Care发表。


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