People with diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2, are at a slightly higher risk of contracting Covid-19 when exposed, but more importantly, at higher risk of becoming sick and having the worst outcome when infected. Well-managed glucose levels reduce these risks over time. When diabetes is not well managed, immune responses get impaired, and chronic inflammation exists. The pages below are reposts of our newsletters we’ve delivered specifically on Covid-19 and Diabetes. Sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss out on any more of this great information.
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Many people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes have high glucose levels and excess weight that makes them more susceptible to contracting a Covid-19 infection. More importantly, these place them at a substantially higher risk for worse outcomes when infected. Poorly managed diabetes, excess weight, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease all promote chronic inflammation and oxidation that hinder immune responses.
Covid-19 (COrona VIrus Disease-2019), the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome CoronaVirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), started in 2019. The Corona name arises from the multiple “spike” proteins on the virus’s outer shell that resembles a crown or corona. Covid-19 uses its spike proteins like a crowbar to break into a cell, highjack the cell’s enzymes and materials to make multiple copies of itself, and kill the cell.
Amid the rush to find effective treatments to counter Covid-19 attacks on the body, a recently published research paper has turned up a promising therapy. The active form of vitamin D, available by prescription as calcifediol, appears to significantly improve Covid-19 outcomes.
Over-the-counter treatments like vitamin D, famotidine, zinc with quercetin, and vitamin C show real promise for significantly reducing damage during a Covid-19 infection. They strengthen your immune system, limit viral entry into cells, and reduce viral multiplication. Several promising prescription medications with anti-viral activity are undergoing testing.