McALLEN, Texas – The Rio Grande Valley of Texas should prepare for a fresh wave of kids suffering from diabetes in the coming years, says a local doctor.

Dr. Sujan Gogu, a triple-board certified physician in family medicine, sports medicine, and pain medicine, says the increased number will have been caused by Covid-19.

“We are finding out now that if you have been exposed to Covid, particularly kids, you are much more prone to developing diabetes in the future,” Gogu said.

“And I think we are about to see a wave of kids in the next five to ten years that are going be diabetic.”

Gogu said the Valley currently does not have the resources to cope with such a surge. 

“This will be a big subject that will be talked about. I think it will be a big issue in the Valley because we had so many people catch Covid.”

Gogu made his remarks during a recent forum on diabetes hosted by South Texas Health System and held at South Texas College. He said Covid-19 prevented many people from seeing their doctor. He said it also prevented people from being employed and getting health insurance. 

Gogu’s clinical focus is in serving the “underserved” community. He is a graduate from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA. He completed his family medicine residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, followed by a sports medicine fellowship at Texas A&M University in Bryan and a pain medicine fellowship at Texas Pain Institute in Fort Worth. 

After making his remarks at the STHS event, the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service requested a video interview with Dr. Gogu. In addition to discussing a likely wave of new diabetes cases among children, Dr. Gogu took aim at Big Pharma. 

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Editor’s Note: Dr. Sujan Gogu can be reached by email via: [email protected]


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