Let’s face facts here. The coronavirus isn’t exactly a politically correct disease.
Sure, the media loves to highlight the young and healthy victims, just to prove it can happen “to anyone.” And it’s true. It absolutely can. We ALL need to be careful.
But this thing is NOT an equal opportunity attacker.
If anything, it can feel like a disease with your name on it – one that’s not only out to get someone, but specifically out for YOU.
The biggest risk factor, they say, is your age. If you’re older, you’re a target.
And beyond that, if you have any chronic disease… especially diabetes… then you’re facing the biggest risk of all.
But I’m not here to scare the pants off of you.
I’m here to help put your mind at ease by arming you with the best defense against any disease. And that, of course, is information.
I’ve got the inside scoop you need to erase some of the fear, delete the worry, and help you sleep a little better.
COVID-19 and diabetes are a dangerous mix
Let’s get one thing out of the way right off the top. It’s not just hype. And it’s not overblown.
If you have diabetes, you’re in a special risk category if you get infected.
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists warns that high glucose means a bigger chance of the worst complications. And those include respiratory failure and even death.
That makes sense even without COVID-19 running around out there. High blood sugar typically means a higher risk of complications with ANY respiratory infection, including pneumonia and flu.
Drive your risks down to near zero
But here’s the important thing that EVERYONE with diabetes needs to know. And it comes straight from the American Diabetes Association itself.
You DON’T likely have a higher risk of getting coronavirus.
The risk is in the complications IF you get sick when you’re more likely to be hospitalized in the ICU and more likely to need a ventilator.
And THAT risk, in many ways, is within your control.
The virus isn’t going door-to-door. It’s not floating into windows. And it’s not hiding around your home. It’s passed from person to person.
Avoid people… follow the guidelines and keep inside as much as you can… and you can minimize any odds of exposure. If you’re really lucky and able to do everything online and via delivery, you can bring the risk of exposure to zero, or close to it.
So don’t cheat during the shutdowns, lockdowns, quarantines, and isolation periods.
Sure, you might be going a little stir crazy. But stick to the program and chances are you won’t get sick.
While you’re inside, go ahead and eat better to control your blood sugar to ensure that you have a fighting chance against the complications if you contract the virus.
And don’t forget to get some sunlight and movement each day to help keep your body, your metabolism, and your immune system charged up and ready to fight.