America’s experience with the coronavirus pandemic of 2019 prompted the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue warnings for those with certain underlying health conditions. It seems they run a higher risk of developing serious illnesses or complications from Covid-19. Some of these conditions include asthma, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, among others. While having multiple conditions increases your risk of Covid-related complications, properly managing your diabetes and taking extra precautions can significantly reduce your risk.
Diet and Exercise
If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, then it’s more important than ever to adequately manage blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Even if you don’t currently use insulin, eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly are critical to your health. They help stabilize blood sugar and strengthen your immune system to help defend against illnesses. The very nature of diabetes often leads to elevated blood sugar levels and insulin resistance which can cause inflammation within the body making it more difficult to defend against illnesses. Monitoring your blood sugar and staying within your targeted range is essential to your health and vitality.
A strong immune system and social distancing protocols are your best defense against contracting Covid-19. Follow CDC safety protocols and fuel your body with nutrient-dense, low carbohydrate foods to supercharge your immune system and keep your A1C on track. Get plenty of sleep, reduce stress and consider talking to your doctor about adding a daily multivitamin in addition to getting vaccinated against Covid-19. Prioritizing healthy habits and staying in contact with your healthcare provider is key to managing diabetes and staying safe during the pandemic.
A recent study published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology indicates that those with diabetes are up to four times more likely to suffer a life-threatening illness resulting from complications due to Covid-19. However, those with well-managed blood sugar and no comorbidities had a much better prognosis. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it’s important to take a proactive role in monitoring your blood sugar and managing your health to protect against coronavirus and the complications it can cause. Luckily, you can find everything you need at Affordable Diabetic without leaving the house. Our knowledgeable staff is always happy to answer questions or help ensure you have everything you need to manage your diabetes so you can stay safe during this trying time.