These days living with diabetes can feel like walking around with a target painted on your back. You can’t turn on the news without hearing about how YOU are at a higher risk for the coronavirus.
And I hate to be the parrot of bad news, but new research confirms those risks.
You know me, I’m always going to give it to you straight. I’m never going to sugarcoat the facts. And this new study has one big UGLY fact you need to know.
According to the new research having diabetes will TRIPLE your odds of death if you develop the infection.
But the study also reveals something else. Thankfully, it’s something that can FINALLY help ease your fraying nerves, restore calm, and give you a bit of reassurance.
Because it also shows how to help REVERSE some of that risk. And it’s probably a whole lot easier than you’d imagine.
Don’t let diabetes send your COVID-19 death risk soaring
There are no home-run drugs to treat coronavirus yet. The treatments for the infection are largely experimental. And there’s certainly no cure.
And that’s what makes coronavirus so frightening. Especially if you’re in a high-risk group such as the 34 million Americans living with diabetes.
But there’s new hope today. Because while doctors search for that elusive cure, they’ve also honed in on something that could help cut the biggest risks. And that means it could also be the key to saving the lives of diabetics who develop the COVID-19 infection.
The best part of all? There’s nothing EXTRA you have to do. Because it should already be a part of your daily routine. You just need to make sure it DOESN’T fall to the wayside.
Keep your blood sugar under control.
Because the new study finds the death risk linked to coronavirus in people with diabetes drops when you keep your glucose levels down.
Control your blood sugar to lower your risks
Easy, right? Well, okay, I’ll admit it’s maybe not quite THAT easy.
Controlling blood sugar can sometimes be a struggle even in the best of times. And should you get the virus, it can get much harder when you’re feeling feverish, sick, and exhausted.
In fact, lots of folks end up sleeping their way through a coronavirus infection, and that can make keep tracking of your blood sugar challenging.
So if you have diabetes and get sick take these critical steps:
First, call your doctor if you’re sick and follow his orders, of course.
Second, many folks with diabetes don’t check blood sugar as often as they should when they’re sick. It’s draining on a GOOD day. On a bad one? It’s tempting to just skip it… but DON’T.
If you think you might be tempted, ask a loved one or a friend to be your blood-sugar buddy. They can call you to make sure you’re checking your numbers on schedule.
Third, don’t forget to take whatever it is you use to keep your blood sugar under control. Whether it’s a med like metformin or a natural therapy such as berberine, don’t let it slip during your illness unless your doctor has told you too.
Fourth, resist the temptation to turn to comfort foods while you’re not feeling well. Most comfort foods are a recipe for blood-sugar disaster. Eat right, including avoiding too many carbs, and you can stress less about your blood sugar while you work on getting well.
And fifth, be sure to get a little movement each day, which is also essential for blood sugar control. It can be rough with the coronavirus, as it can leave you feeling exhausted. But even a short amble around the bedroom or trek to the bathroom can help keep your numbers down.
And of course, the most crucial step of all is to keep in contact with your doctor. Follow his advice and call him if there’s any change in your condition.