As you already know - Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the COVID-19 virus.
Why is pre-existing Diabetes an issue?
When people with diabetes develop a viral infection, it can be harder to treat due to fluctuations in blood glucose levels and, possibly, the presence of diabetes complications. There appear to be two reasons for this.
Firstly, the immune system is compromised, making it harder to fight the virus and likely leading to a longer recovery period.
Secondly, the virus may thrive in an environment of elevated blood glucose.
How do you take care of yourself?
For people with diabetes it is important to take precautions to avoid the virus if possible. The recommendations that are being widely issued to the general public are doubly important for people living with diabetes
Wash hands thoroughly and regularly
Pay extra attention to your glucose control. Regular monitoring can help avoid complications caused by high or low blood glucose.
Nutrition is key. It is therefore important for people with diabetes to eat a varied and balanced diet to keep their blood glucose levels stable and enhance their immune system. It is recommended to:
Give priority to foods with a low glycaemic index (e.g. vegetables, whole wheat pasta/noodles)
Avoid excessive consumption of fried foods
Limit consumption of foods high in sugar, refined carbohydrates and artificial trans fat and saturated fats
Choose lean proteins (eg. fish, meat, eggs, milk, beans after fully cooked).
Eat green, leafy vegetables
Eat fruits in two or three servings
WALK. Walk. Walk. Being Active is important to boost the immune system