How Covid 19 Might Increase the Risk of Diabetes
This pandemic is taking a toll on our health and our pocketbooks. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the COVID-19 outbreak has already caused the death of over 100,000 people and the number is growing every day. On top of that, we’re seeing a major surge in unemployment and bankruptcies, which could lead to a dip in the U.S. economy. At the same time, many Americans are suffering from an increase in stress, depression, and anxiety — all issues that can lead to diabetes. How Covid 19 Might Increase the Risk of Diabetes
If you have diabetes, you likely know that you need to keep your blood sugar levels under control. There are many ways to do this, including taking insulin and exercising regularly. But there are other things you can do to lower your blood sugar, too. If you eat lots of fruits and vegetables, you may reduce your risk of diabetes, as well as lower your chance of getting other diseases associated with high blood sugar. One study found that people with diabetes who followed a low-glycemic diet had a 23% lower chance of having a heart attack or stroke than people who ate a standard American diet. If you are diabetic, you may want to consider a low-glycemic diet.
In conclusion, there is a correlation between the Covid-19 and diabetes. The virus that causes Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) has been shown to bind to ACE-2 receptors found on certain cells throughout the body. While it’s unknown whether the virus can infect these cells in people with pre-existing diabetes, Covid-19 cases are more likely to have other risk factors for diabetes, such as obesity or family history. Obesity is associated with the development of type 2 diabetes and it has been hypothesized that the immune response to the virus can increase inflammation, which can lead to insulin resistance. While a causal relationship cannot be proven, there is evidence that Covid-19 is linked to cardiovascular disease, and studies show that people with Covid-19 are more likely to have heart failure. There is some concern that the pandemic could cause severe stress on the cardiovascular system and trigger diabetes. People who have diabetes are at a greater risk for complications when infected with Covid-19. However, the exact risks are not known because many patients are asymptomatic or experience mild symptoms, so testing for Covid-19 is not routinely recommended.
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