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Covid-19 and Diabetes

Covid-19 is the fear of the day. More than anyone else it is the diabetics and their loved ones who are more so worried. So, my friends let me enlighten you, that it is not diabetics, be it type 1 or type 2, who are at a higher risk of catching the virus but it is that if they do then they are likely to suffer more and for a longer duration.

Is it not true that diabetics are at a higher risk of contracting any illness? In Diabetes the blood sugar levels rise which weakens a person’s immune system. A person who has had diabetes for several years may also have nerve damages and reduced blood flow to the extreme parts of the body thereby increasing the chances of infection. Because of the high blood sugar levels, the body becomes more susceptible to bacterial and other viral infections.

COVID -19, the deadly pandemic of 2019, has spread like a wildfire. Remember that ‘Prevention is better than cure‘. Thus, it is Imperative that diabetics should take some stern precautions to keep themselves away from this virus.

Precautions For Diabetics:

  1. Stay indoors. If it is necessary to leave the home do maintain distance from people.
  2. Use a face mask at all times. A double layer is ideal to give you complete protection.
  3. Maintain good hygiene for instance washing of hands, and face regularly and using a hand sanitizer several times a day.
  4. Keep your blood sugar levels in control. Test your sugar level regularly and maintain a chart of your blood sugar levels which will be handy in case of need.
  5. Wash your hands before taking the insulin jab. Also, clean the site with soap and water or alcohol.
  6. Get vaccinated at the first opportunity.
  7. Eat healthy and freshly cooked food. Avoid processed foods as much as possible.
  8. Exercise regularly. Your exercise schedule may include light walk, brisk walk, indoor running, stretching, yoga, bodyweight exercises, or weight training depending upon the place and equipment you possess.

Preparation for Homestay:

  1. Make a list of all the essential items required in the house for at least a month and procure them via home delivery or online shops.
  2. Make a list of all essential, over-the-counter medicines for fever, cough, cold medicines suitable for diabetics, a glucometer if you don’t have one, and surely the insulin jabs in bulk quantity.
  3. Along with the regular sugar-free food items do remember to order simple carbs and fruit juices for in case your blood sugar dips.
  4. Speak to your doctor and consult on how often to measure your blood sugar and how to record it effectively.
  5. Keep the doctor’s numbers handy and health insurance company numbers handy.

Before I Finish

Remember to never panic as anxiety increases the blood sugar levels. If even despite all the precautions you do contract the COVID -19 viral infection, call and consult your doctor for proper medical advice and do not take medication as suggested by your friends or obtained in circulation via social media.

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