COVID-19 or novel coronavirus is a nightmare in today’s world. Most of the cases are mild, and people are recovering from it without any complications. However, the CDC reported that those with chronic health conditions, including diabetes and obesity, may have severe complications than healthy people (1).
People with chronic conditions live a conscious life and take extra measures to keep their health in check, even in regular times. As a caregiver or as a patient, living with any chronic health conditions can trouble both physical and mental states. Added situations like COVID-19 may make it even more challenging to deal with it. It can also impose anxiety attacks, and the only way out of it is to be even more cautious or take some extra precautionary measures.
A more robust immune system plays a vital role in preventing, fighting, and even recovering from COVID-19. On the other side, diabetes can weaken the immune system. It, in turn, reduces the body’s ability to fight infections.
Another study also in diabetic mice showed that MERS-CoV (from the family of novel coronavirus) did not have a higher replication rate. However, delayed inflammatory response increased the complications. Diabetes also may create a more friendly environment for the survival of pathogens (2).
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Diabetes can damage the circulatory system (3). So, when a virus or a pathogen infects the body, the system may not be able to send the blood, which can slow down the healing or even fighting ability. Besides, a weak circulatory system also slows down the supply of WBC, which reduces the body’s ability to fight infections.
[Also Read: How to Increase WBC Count with Natural Remedies]
COVID-19 is an infection that damages the respiratory system.
A study reported that diabetes might disrupt some lung functions (4). So, a person with compromised lung functions may face more severe complications than that of a person with healthy lungs.
Precautionary Measures For People With Diabetes
In regards to the conditions mentioned above, a person infected with COVID-19 plus diabetes must be extra careful. Stocking up diabetes medications is recommended during the lockdown—especially emergency pills, which can control the sudden surge of the glucose levels in the body.
Diabetic patients surely must follow the general protocols suggested by the WHO and CDC to prevent COVID-19. Besides, they should also check with the physician for dietary and other lifestyle habits that can reduce the risk of getting infected with coronavirus or other respiratory illnesses.
If the patient exhibits any related symptoms such as cough, fever, cold, or breathing problems, they must immediately consult a physician and take the necessary treatments. They should also make sure to get tested for COVID-19 to prevent any further complications.
Preparing a proper diet plan to control diabetes is even more essential in situations like these. Getting a flu shot to prevent any respiratory illness is also a wise choice.
Keeping the house or environment humid is also a good option. Otherwise, a dry environment could dry out the air, which can reduce the nasal fluid and make it easy for germs to enter into the body through nasal passages.
Manage Diabetic Risks
People with diabetic conditions are more susceptible to catch an infection. Treat any wounds without delay and with high priority.
Be mindful of foot care. Regularly examine the feet for cuts, scrapes, blisters, bruises, or sores that may develop any infections. Going out to get foot care can be a problem. However, some natural home remedies can be handy.
Note: Make sure that you take advice from your physician before practicing any such methods.
- Everyone, and especially women, must practice healthy urinary hygiene.
- When you are on fluids, make sure to empty your bladder. Also, make sure to urinate and clean your genital area.
- Do not eat any foods that can trigger any allergies or may compromise the respiratory system.
Other effective plans for diabetic patients
The measures mentioned above can be highly beneficial for diabetic patients. Below listed are a few additional plans that can come in handy.
- Enough stock or supply of healthy carbs such as whole-wheat snacks, vegetables, and unsweetened beverages.
- Enough number of insulin refills and other medications.
- Additional glucagon and ketone strips.
Since regular check-ups can be a little risky; you can have some methods to keep a regular check on your health without going out. Below listed are a few such helpful tips:
- Devices to check blood sugar and ketones.
- Adjusting diabetes medications by updating your doctor about your vitals and other health measures.
- Preventive measures for seasonal flu and other similar conditions.
- Effective workout strategies to control blood-sugar levels and nutritional tips from your dietician.
Be Watchful For Symptoms
Being extra cautious and paying keen attention to any bodily changes or signs of distress is helpful in these situations.
Few of the signs that you can check:
A rise in body temperature, change in sugar levels, bad odor from body or urine, vaginal discharge, irregular bowels, redness, or skin inflammation, fatigue, body aches, shortness of breath, and digestive disorders.
Here are some articles that can help you naturally control diabetes or even augment the medications or treatment:
These articles give you an idea about various natural or home remedies that can help you control diabetes. We advise you to check with your doctor or dietician before using these remedies. Otherwise, in some cases, it may interfere with medications or treatments that you may be taking.
Living with a medical condition can be very challenging. Especially during quarantine or isolation and with added situations like COVID-19, it can create a panicking situation. So, always have a doctor or a family member nearby on your speed dial who can attend to any emergencies that you face. Diabetes is a harsh condition, but being prepared is wise and can help you overcome the physical or mental distress it may possess.