Coronavirus and Diabetes

Coronavirus is here, and we have to deal with it appropriately. If you or a loved one has diabetes and/or heart disease extra steps should be taken remain healthy. Be safe, don't panic, be cautious, be informed.

Thousands die from the influenza annually. I believe it’s prudent to consider the following information during each flu, virus, and cold season.

Do not rely on social media for your information. I’m providing the link to the CDC where there is a lot of information on what we can do to stay healthy. If you have not checked out the CDC’s website on corona virus, please do: CDC Coronavirus 19.

Coronavirus versus influenza. With the coronavirus (COVID-19), no one has built up an immunity as many do with the flu. Watch this video by Dr. Eric Berg who does a good job comparing the flu to the coronavirus. Coronavirus vs. influenza /Dr. Eric Berg.

Attitude is everything! I’m a big believer we can make lemonade out of lemons. Life has been so busy and hectic for many. People are continually stressed. We don’t eat well or sleep well. We are riddled in the U.S. with chronic disease like diabetes. This is our opportunity to make some conscious decisions to evaluate and make healthy changes. Working to improve your immune system all year long will always give you a leg up when colds and viruses are around us so we can stave off or lessen the length of time and symptoms.

If you are a natural born worrier, I suggest writing down what actually worries you about this virus. Then obtain information from reliable resources.

I understand that we are getting stressed by seeing empty store shelves. I really wish we could take a breath and leave some toilet paper, so everyone gets some.

The information I’m sharing is not just for those with diabetes. However, people with diabetes may have a weakened immune system so be sure to take extra caution. Keeping your glucose levels as low as possible is important for a healthy immune system and to help heal. Illness can make your glucose erratic. The stress of worry or panic can contribute to high glucose levels.

I’m providing a series of documents on suggestions and what I am doing to stay healthy during this time. I'm going to provide as much information to backup why I'm doing what I'm doing but don't feel like because Denise is doing it you have to do it. Always have self-awareness, pay attention to how you normally are when you get sick and do what makes sense. It appears initial symptoms of COVD-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath.

If you are a smoker, I highly suggest you stop smoking. Doesn’t this just sound like common sense?

Stay hydrated! This is the kind of virus that causes infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. Drink water! Avoid high sugar and sugar-free labeled drinks. Hot showers and the use of a humidifier may help combat the virus. The amount of water required really depends on your weight. For now, stay with the suggested 8, 8-oz. glasses per day and a little more if you are not feeling well. Herbal teas can be a good option.

COVID-19 and the flu virus can be contracted through oral and nasal passages. If we are not properly hydrated, the droplets from someone else’s cough or sneeze can transfer to these areas. The droplets can stay suspended in the air for a while, which we can inhale. When the mucus membranes in our nose, mouth, or lungs are dry they cannot block the virus.

The stickiness of mucus helps to trap particles from the air, virus, pollution, and dust to be filtered out before it can reach the lungs. The increase of mucus (stuffy nose) is your body’s way of responding to irritants.

So…. Stay hydrated!

Sources:
- ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4313126/
- abcnews.go.com/Health/WellnessNews

People with People

For those of you that are grandparents do keep a bit of a distance if you live near your grandchildren. Unfortunately, they're like walking petri dishes. You can talk on the phone, do face time, use your Skype or any mode of video options like Zoom.

Food

Food is important. Now is the time to improve or keep your immune system up with good nutrition.

Because we may be less active during this time, don’t overeat! Now there is an exception to every rule ~ eating extra greens and veggies is usually no problem (not including potatoes/root vegetables).

Don't grab all of those bags of chips and snacks from the grocery stores. Think about healthy foods that are going to give you nutrition. I was appalled to see pictures of grocery stores where the soda and snack aisles were empty. Please avoid those.

Consider while we are staying close to home and may not be getting the level of activity we normally do, overeating can easily happen, especially if you feel stressed or bored. Avoid this, otherwise you will gain unwanted or unneeded weight similar to what happens during the holiday season. This will worsen your glucose levels.

Eating a broad variety of greens, nuts, vegetables, fish, grass-fed beef, chicken or turkey will give you some variety of flavors and nutrients.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant and helps to support your immune system. Citrus is the first thing that comes to mind for most people. With diabetes, you may have to limit because of the sugar. Did you know a red or orange pepper contains more vitamin C than an orange?

Download Foods for Your Immune System that provide vitamins and minerals to help keep a healthy immune system. And, download my recipe for Chia Pudding ~ great way to get fiber into your diet!

Supplements

During flu and cold season, it may be prudent to take supplements to help keep your immune system up. Always talk to your pharmacist and doctor to ensure your choice of supplements do not interfere with your medication or other health issues.

I have a few supplements I use to keep me healthy especially because I used to have chronic bronchitis. It would take me 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover. With diabetes, getting sick can make your glucose levels erratic.

Sometimes it’s those unexplained erratic glucose levels that can indicate you may be getting a cold or flu. Download my supplement protocol during flu and cold season. Remember, this is what I do – always make sure you select items that are safe for you.

Rest and Activity
Be sure you are getting good rest; this is important to keeping a healthy immune system.

Because most facilities are closed get outside and get some fresh air, go for a walk (depending on your weather). Having said that, if you see your neighbors, just wave and keep your distance. Remember, these precautions are just temporary. Or just go to your backyard or lanai.

No reason to be sedentary! Get yourself motivated to get up and move. Start slow, maybe 5-10 minutes 3 times per day. Remember if you stay healthy, you work to keep your family healthy. So, be a good example.

Take up activities to keep you from going stir crazy. The following examples may be great for you and your family to get through the COVID-19 season. Actually, these suggestions can be good for you and your family after we get through this.

  • Read that book you’ve been putting off
  • Read the Bible
  • Exercise at home:

    • Stretch - set a goal, if you can't touch your toes today, by the time we get back to a normal life you should be able to
    • If you are a client of mine, then you probably have a set of weights in your home...use them.
    • Lean against the kitchen or bathroom counter to do pushups using your own weight (assuming you don’t have an issue with your shoulders) rather than getting down on the floor.
    • Sit ups
    • Walk up and down your stairs
    • Do knee bends (use a chair or counter to keep you stable).
    • If you are not so mobile, you can do movement while sitting in a chair.
  • Play your favorite music and sing! Have singing contests with your family members – you can do this over face time with your family members at a distance.

  • Since many churches are currently closed, some parishes post their services online or listen to other established TV sermons until your own church is open again.

  • Learn something new! Go online and learn more about your favorite subject, learn a language, anything that interests you.

  • Puzzles. When we were kids, we would put together puzzles with our grandparents. A great way to pass the time and create something beautiful while creating new memories.

  • Meditate. Meditate alone or get your family to meditate together. Click here for {Meditation Apps.](https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/g25178771/best-meditation-apps/)

  • This has been a chance for me to talk more over the phone with my family. Our schedules are usually so busy we’ve been able to take this time to connect more.

Cleaners and Disinfectants

Let’s make sure we are clear on the difference between cleaning and disinfecting:

Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

If the store shelves are still bare, and you may not be able to get the cleaners and disinfectants for your home. This happened to us. What can you do? Make your own with ingredients such as white vinegar, essential oils and as you probably already know, bleach.

Download my page on Homemade Cleaners and Disinfectants for instructions on how to make your own.

The same principles we should follow for the coronavirus are basically the same for any cold and flu season. I hope this information is helpful and keeps you safe and healthy always.

Visit my page, Denise Recommends to have continued access to all downloadable pages.

In lieu of in-person seminars you will be receiving information on webinars so you can learn from home. Or, you can go directly to my Training page. Feel free to share this information with anyone suffering from type 2 diabetes.