Going out right now without a fully charged immune system is like hitting the highway low on fuel. A BAD idea.
A healthy immune system is essential. And if you’re walking around without one, you’re pretty much asking for problems.
But if you have diabetes, new research reveals how your immune system could ALREADY be running on empty. Even worse, you may not realize it.
Because in many cases, there isn’t a HINT of trouble until it’s far too late. You’re suddenly locked in a battle with a deadly infection. And it’s not JUST the coronavirus we’re talking about here, either.
It’s frightening, for sure. But my intention today isn’t to scare you. Because you CAN take steps to restore your immune system to fighting form.
And when you do, it will be armed and ready for any infection threats headed your way despite your diabetes.
What diabetes does to immune function
Diabetes is a sneaky disease. It doesn’t harm just one part of the body. It basically beats up on you from head to toe.
It can affect your heart… kidneys… blood vessels… nerves… and even your brain. And now, a new study reveals one more way this devious disease silently hammers on your health from the inside.
Researchers are warning diabetes wears down your immune system.
Now many folks with diabetes have already experienced this complication for themselves. (Maybe you’re even one of them.) Seeming to catch every bug that makes the rounds. Or battling dangerous infections in your hands or feet.
Overall, the new study finds that diabetes can increase your odds of hospitalization for ANY infection by 67 percent. And with a compromised immune system, that’s really only the beginning of the risk.
Diabetes can also send your odds of battling just about any dangerous infection you can name soaring, including raising your risk of…
- respiratory infections by 49 percent
- urinary tract infections by 58 percent
- sepsis by 92 percent
- postoperative infections by 95 percent
And of course, diabetes is a big risk factor for catching the coronavirus and developing a severe infection from the bug.
But the new study never explains WHY you’re at greater risk for infections across the board. And that could leave you thinking you just have to live with the danger.
That’s simply not true.
Restore your immune function the RIGHT way
The truth is the main reason diabetes can lead to infection is something you typically do have a good deal of control over.
Well, with a little extra EFFORT on your part, that is. Because, as you may have guessed, it’s your blood sugar.
Elevated glucose weakens your immune system and, over time, makes you more vulnerable to invading bugs. Plus, high blood sugar makes it more difficult for your white blood cells to show up at the site of an infection to fight back against the germs.
This can allow infections to grow and develop more quickly. While at the same time, those skyrocketing sugar levels trigger the release of harmful molecules that further block your body’s natural defenses against infection.
And in the case of the coronavirus, which infects cells by attaching to the surface through sugar-dependent ACE2 receptors, high blood sugar may make you more vulnerable to COVID19. High blood sugar increases the number of sugar-coated ACE2 receptors, which could make it easier for the virus to infect cells.
So the solution is clear. You need to knuckle down and get that glucose under control.
And the best place to start is by ditching the processed foods, slashing the empty carbs from your diet, and avoiding added sugars. In fact, in some cases, a low-carb ketogenic style diet can even reverse diabetes, putting the disease into complete remission.
Plus, natural supplements such as chromium, berberine, and Gymnema sylvestre can also help tame runaway blood sugars without turning to more drugs. Just be sure to have a chat with your doctor before you give any of them a try.
And for five MORE natural ways to beat your blood sugar problems, see our earlier report here