Manage your diabetes effectively during this COVID19.
June 3, 2020
COVID19 is a new viral disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus of the coronavirus family. It causes mild flu like symptoms in about 80% of the people infected. About 15% require hospitalization and about 5% get critically ill requiring life support. It has been discovered that older people, patients with co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and people with weakened immune systems are at a risk of developing severe COVID19.
Prevention is the best option
COVID spreads through respiratory droplets. To prevent infection:
- Wear a mask
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Avoid touching mouth, nose and eyes
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
- Avoid going out unnecessarily
- When you do go out stay at least 6 feet away from other people
- Avoid crowded places
Managing diabetes during the pandemic
If you have diabetes, you should be extra careful as infection can lead to severe COVD 19.
- Follow all recommended guidelines and precautions
- Stock up on your prescription medicines
- Take diabetes medications regularly
- Ensure you have food to get through days of the lockdown
- Check with your doctor on how to correct sudden drop in blood sugar
- Drink plenty of fluids and follow healthy diet advised by your doctor
- Exercise regularly within your home after checking with your doctor
- Follow a regular schedule
- Get adequate sleep
- Avoid overworking
- Check your weight every day (losing weight while eating normally is a sign of infection)
- Check temperature morning and evening
- Talk to your doctor regarding additional precautions and treatment options
Boost your immunity with nutritious food
Robust immune system is the best friend in your fight against Coronavirus. Eat right to enhance your immunity.
- Include foods with low glycaemic index
- Eat plenty of fruits and green, leafy vegetables
- Opt for lean proteins such as fish, meat eggs, milk and fully cooked beans
- Avoid foods with high sugar, carbohydrate and fat content
- Avoid fried foods
Don’t panic if you do fall sick. Call your doctor. With timely help, you can overcome COVID19.