To the editor:

I am writing this letter in response to the article published regarding police officers refusing to be vaccinated even after hundreds have died from COVID-19. The implication seems to be that they are making a foolish decision.

I am fully vaccinated. I think it was the correct decision for me, but I will not judge those who choose differently. My son is a 26-year-old police officer in another state. He did get sick with COVID last December, before there was a vaccine. He suffered a mild illness, and returned to work. He did receive a vaccine, at work, when one became available. Shortly after he received his second dose, he became very ill and lost 30 pounds within a month. The diagnosis was type 1 diabetes.

His endocrinologist, a woman of science, told him that she does not know if COVID and or the vaccine had a role in his illness, but the circumstances make it a distinct possibility.

My son went from a very fit 6-foot-5-inch, 235-pound gym aficionado, to a person struggling to maintain his physical and financial health. That will be his reality for the rest of his life. No one can say with certainty whether my son’s illness was a coincidence or related in some way to the vaccine he received. I think that mandates are a mistake until we can answer that question.

Kevin Mowry

Porter, Maine

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(6) comments

Frances S

My husband was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after receiving covid vaccine as well. In his December 2020 physical his fasted blood sugar was 70 and his A1C 5.4. He received Pfizer at the beginning and end of April and started developing symptoms in the weeks after. On July 5th, his 90 day A1C was 9.4 and his blood sugar 280. He began insulin, but has been able to slowly wean off it by eating very low carbohydrate diet. Please have your son read Dr Bernstein’s book Diabetes Solution. My husband, age 37 (and the image of health until his diagnosis), also lost weight and had a tough go at first. He’s a former police officer too. While I understand the sentiment of other commenters, families like ours are desperate to find others going through the same thing as it’s seems we are out there, but only living in shadows as we aren’t supposed to be heard/seen by the public. Lastly, he did end up getting covid in august (after T1 diagnosis) and was symptomatic so I do not believe he could have had asymptomatic covid earlier that caused it.

Frances S

Also, I just want to say… I am aware that any immune reaction can trigger T1. Be it a virus or a vaccine. The question I would ultimately like answered is whether the number of T1 cases developing in the relevant time period after the covid vaccine are greater than with other vaccines.

Palu77

Hi Frances,

These are good questions and need to be asked. As I understand T1D is triggered by infection, hormonal changes etc… So it is innate to a person before they get it. I’m not suggesting COVID or the vaccine could have done that.

What I’m asking, can the COVID vaccine trigger the body to produce antibodies with the outcome being T1D?

That is all. If yes we should know and be aware.

It’s also worth stating that COVID itself is linked to T1D, so logic has it that one will likely contract COVID at some point. And since the COVID vaccine reduces your odds of getting/dying from COVID, the risk of getting the vaccine out weighs the risk of not getting the vaccine.

So for all of you who post “propaganda” and “delete”. Please stop. I’m not antivax, I’m not conspiring to take down the vaccination effort, I am simply asking a question about the effect of the vaccine based on my own personal experience.

Regards,

Skeptical Supporter

MomofAtypeone

This is such misinformation.

It is a well known fact that viruses trigger type one diabetes with onset as early as in the immediate months directly after viral infection.

My daughter has type one due to a virus she had 4 years ago likely from a parent sending a sick child to school.

There is no link to vaccines and type one. But either genetics or a virus are the overwhelmingly majority of causes of type 1.

Delete this story or change the headline to “My son probably has type one from COVID.”

Palu77

Hi Alex,

If a public forum is not a good place to have and open conversation in a respectful manner, where is? We cannot be afraid to tell stories of things that happen to us in our lives, especially if it’s plausible and if it is something you don’t/can’t understand.

My son to had a similar situation. He was healthy, had the vaccine, in the next three months lost 12 pounds, a lot for a 13 year old, and was diagnosed with T1D.

I have no clue what triggered his diabetes. It could be hormones with puberty, bad luck, hereditary predisposition, the COVID vaccine, etc…

I will likely never know. But to chastise a man for asking that is not an American value. We should always ask hard questions and demand answers. That is our right and duty in order to maintain a function democracy.

I didn’t see anywhere in his post discouragement about getting the vaccine. All he asked was is it possible, which as noted by his physicians, and my sons by the way, it is plausible.

And if something is plausible it should be investigated to the fullest. Because if there is any chance this is a unreported side effect, it must be looked into because this disease has a significant impact on one’s life. And if it is at all avoidable, we must avoid it.

I’m happy to debate this further with you but don’t take a position that this subject is taboo and should not be had. That is not fair and it strips the inquirer of his right to inquire and also paints him/her/them as a conspiracy theorist.

Which from my reading of the post this gentleman is not. In fact, studies in India and Italy saw an increase in diabetes in people who had COVID at a higher rate than the general population. They hypothesize this is due to COVID triggering antibodies in an autoimmune response that attack the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Once triggered they don’t turn off because they see the pancreas beta cells as a foreign body. These cells produce insulin and without them you have T1D.

So it is plausible that the COVID vaccine has a similar mode of action. It is also plausible that this occurs in a small enough population that the studies of the vaccine was not powered sufficiently to detect it. I hope that is not the case, but it is plausible and should be looked into.

With all this said, I support the vaccine and think the pros vastly outweigh the cons. In fact despite my concerns, I am having my daughter vaccinated as a son as she is able.

See it is possible to support something but vigorous interrogate it for the betterment of society.

I wish you well

Skeptical supporter

alexmoot

I am very sorry to hear about your son's health problems. However, it is not wise for readers of the Conway Daily Sun to make decisions about whether or not to get vaccinated against Covid-19 based on personal anecdotes such as this letter. There is absolutely no evidence from the large Phase 3 clinical studies that any of the Covid-19 vaccines caused people to develop Diabetes (Type I or II) at a higher rate than people receiving a placebo injection. Here's a link to thorough discussion from two physicians at Johns Hopkins about all the proven, serious side effects from Covid-19 vaccines >> https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/is-the-covid19-vaccine-safe

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