Solving the obesity epidemic can help fight the COVID-19 pandemic

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It’s well known that one of the leading risk factors for severe COVID-19 is Type-2 Diabetes and obesity. The two conditions are tightly tied together. Poor metabolic health leads to both conditions and that can be solved purely through diet.

I’m not a doctor, obviously, so consult with your physician on your health. It’s my opinion that a keto friendly diet that is low in carbohydrates can help solve most metabolic health issues.

While eating right cannot prevent contracting coronavirus, optimal metabolic health can help prevent the negative impact of infection, several studies have shown. That’s because “good nutrition and maintenance of a healthy body weight is essential for adequate immune function, supporting resistance to infectious disease and reducing adverse outcomes in the event of illness,” according to Prof. Mona Boaz of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the School of Health Sciences at Ariel University.“A poor diet, like the modern American diet, with its junk food, ultra-processed starches and cheap fats, causes metabolic dysfunction that can be a disaster when it’s combined with the coronavirus,” Glandt wrote in an eBook titled How to Eat in the Time of COVID-19 that she recently published with Ross Wollen and Jessica Apple.

Can what you eat save you from COVID-19? – The Jerusalem Post (jpost.com)

Study: Metabolic Syndrome on the Rise

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Some of the unchanging facts during the COVID-19 pandemic is that most of the people that are having severe reactions and having difficulty recovering are those with metabolic syndrome.

What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a clustering of at least three of the five following medical conditions: abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high serum triglycerides, and low serum high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

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If you are suffering from these illnesses you are at a higher risk of death from COVID-19 than the rest of the population.

Some components of metabolic syndrome, such as obesity and hypertension, are associated with more severe COVID-19. Separately, research shows higher rates of infection, hospitalization, and deaths from COVID-19 among some racial and ethnic groups.

For example, hospitalization rates for COVID-19 among Blacks and Hispanics are four to five times higher than for non-Hispanic white people. Health disparities associated with COVID-19 may reflect a complex combination of elements — not just age and chronic medical conditions, but also genetic, social, environmental, and occupational factors. Similar factors probably play a role in why metabolic syndrome affects, and is rising in, some groups more than others. This is an area of active (and much needed) research.

Harvard

This latest study from Harvard shows that metabolic syndrome is on the rise and is especially escalating in women, Asians, and Hispanics.

A new study explores how common metabolic syndrome is and who is getting it. Researchers analyzed survey data from more than 17,000 people who were representative of the US population in gender, race, and ethnicity. While the overall prevalence of metabolic syndrome increased slightly between 2011 and 2016 — going from 32.5% to 36.9% — it increased significantly among

women (from 31.7% to 36.6%)
adults ages 20 to 39 (from 16.2% to 21.3%)
Asian (from 19.9% to 26.2%) and Hispanic (from 32.9% to 40.4%) adults.

Harvard

One of the tools to reverse metabolic syndrome is to immediately lower your carbohydrate intake and the Keto Diet is a great way to accomplish that. Of course, always seek your doctor’s advice before making any changes in your diet.

4 Tension Relief Tactics for Households in Self-Isolation

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Sheila Johnson of wellshelia.net

Have tensions in your household been growing since your family initially went into self-isolation because of the COVID-19 pandemic? When you’re facing an unprecedented challenge, it can be hard to keep your emotions in check – and everyone in your household is probably struggling to do the same. With life slowly beginning to feel normal again, it’s time to nip those tensions in the bud. Here’s how to help your family get back on track with healthy habits, discover new hobbies, and find opportunities to unplug.

Get Back to Healthy Basics

Perhaps ordering takeout or getting delivery has been a common occurrence in your household since the pandemic began. But if it feels like everyone has been in a bad mood lately, an unhealthy diet might be the root cause – and poor nutrition can actually raise your risk of catching COVID-19.

If mealtime in your family has been lacking healthy sources of fat and protein, it’s time to get into the kitchen together and start whipping up some keto-inspired dishes. Pack in the avocados, crack a few eggs, and don’t be afraid to go heavy on olive oil or butter for flavoring – all of these tasty, filling ingredients will help your family feel more energized and motivated! Cooking with your kids can be a great bonding activity, but Epicurious does recommend keeping sharp kitchen tools out of their reach for safety reasons.

Remember you can always look to Keto Kooking for information, recipes and ideas that will keep your diet well rounded and packed with solid nutrition!

Burn Off Stress

There’s no way around it: the COVID-19 pandemic has been a stressful time for everyone. If you’re hoping to boost the overall mood in your household, exercising is one of the best ways to relieve stress. According to PsychCentral, exercise releases endorphins, which can alleviate negative emotions and help you calm down.

Cycling in particular is a great way for people of all ages to get fit, have fun, and spend some more time out of the house! When you’re cruising with your feet on the pedals, you’ll feel like you’re leaving your stress in the dust. It’s the ideal tonic for these trying times.

And cycling does not have to be an expensive sport – you can easily find a quality bike on a budget! For example, the Firmstrong Urban Lady Beach Cruiser Bicycle is only $250, and Kent Oakwood Men’s Cruiser Bike is priced at a mere $150. If you’d prefer, you could also purchase an affordable, indoor stationary bike for your household, like the ProGear 555LXT, which retails for $200.

Kick Out Boredom

Is your family getting bored with their usual routines and hobbies? Boredom can definitely exacerbate existing household tensions, so it may be time to introduce your family to a new pastime. For instance, both children and adults can have fun playing online games! If you and your kids want to get started with multiplayer games like Fortnite, you’ll need to ensure that your Internet connection can handle the demands. To increase download speeds and allow for smoother gameplay, research your options for fiber optic connections from companies like Verizon.

Make Time to Unplug

While gaming can be fun, it’s also important to balance hobbies like this with time away from screens. With so many activities going virtual over the past few months, tension within your family may have arisen because you haven’t spent enough time connecting in person. Getting out into nature together just might be the perfect solution. You could plan a weekend camping trip or a fun beach day, or you could stay close to home by playing in a local park or simply hanging out in your backyard! This is a great way to unplug for a few hours (or days) and just relax.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, every family has dealt with arguments, disappointments, and clashing emotions. But if you’re proactive about addressing household tensions, you can lift your family’s spirits. Don’t brush those tensions under the rug – instead, work to alleviate them now, so you can enjoy your time at home as we recover from this pandemic.

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Metabolic Syndrome is growing in the United States

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It’s been shown over the last several months that those from metabolic syndrome are most vulnerable to COVID-19. The inflammation associated with this syndrome is what puts the immune system into overdrive causing massive complications. If Americans are to improve their resistance to this virus we are going to have to adopt diets that are low in carbohydrates and restrict processed foods. Whole food eating as it’s being called today is the best medicine.

“It’s about lifestyle. Diet, exercise, healthy food choices,” Dr. Robert Wong, a gastroenterologist at Stanford University in California and a study author, told Healthline. “The U.S. health system says this a lot, but it’s not working.”

The study found that the overall percent of people in the United States with metabolic syndrome has edged up to 37.

However, a deep dive into older Americans as well as subgroups such as the Hispanic population finds the numbers soaring more than 50 percent.

Healthline

Fighting COVID-19 by going low carb

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More and more evidence shows that the high risk factors for dying from COVID-19 can be reversed within weeks when going on a low carb diet. Almost immediately blood sugars stabilize, people become less insulin resistant, and inflammation throughout the body goes down.

Other studies have found that dietary changes can rapidly and substantially improve cardiovascular risk factors, including conditions like hypertension that are major risk factors for worsened Covid-19 outcomes. A 2011 study in the journal Obesity on 300 clinic patients eating a very low-carbohydrate diet saw blood pressure quickly drop and remain low for years. And a 2014 trial on 148 subjects, funded by the National Institutes of Health, found a low-carb diet to be “more effective for weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor reduction” than a low-fat control diet at the end of the 1-year experiment.

Wall Street Journal

How to protect yourself against COVID-19

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Sheila Johnson of wellshelia.net

With No End in Sight Just Yet, Taking Actions Against COVID-19 Is Still a Must

It’s been several weeks since the COVID-19 outbreak started, and it can be argued that we’re still very much in its throes. With no official vaccines or medications just yet, it definitely doesn’t look like the end is in sight. For this reason, it’s important to stay informed, stay safe, and stay healthy as these are still the best ways to fight the coronavirus.

All Facts, No Myths

With the barrage of information available on COVID-19, differentiating the facts from the fallacies can spell the difference between life and death.

  • At this point in the pandemic, it’s less important to focus on where COVID-19 started, as opposed to the countries that are now affected.
  • Certain population groups have higher risks of severe infection, such as the elderly.
  • Those with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, lung and heart disease, etc. are also especially vulnerable.
  • Close contact and exposure to respiratory droplets of the infected remain the virus’ most prevalent mode of transmission.

A Body Equipped to Fight

COVID-19 will do everything it can to threaten your body, so you want to keep it strong, healthy, and better armed to fend off the unseen threat.

  • Staying home is the best way to stay healthy, but you also need to take measures at home to protect and maintain both your physical and mental health.
  • You can eat healthy without resorting to junk food by making use of delicious and healthy recipes using only fresh ingredients.
  • Doing exercises at home is a great way to stay fit while your gym is closed.
  • Even at home, be mindful of what you expose your body to, so choose DIY safety products you need, such as face masks, hand sanitizers, etc.

A COVID-19-Free Home

Your home is your sanctuary from the pandemic, but the fact is, it’s really only as safe and as virus-free as you endeavor to make it.

Perhaps we’re already seeing the tail-end of the pandemic. But until we’ve truly flattened the curve and we know for certain that it’s safe to venture back into the world and resume the lives that we’ve had to put on pause, erring on the side of caution is still best.

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Poor metabolic health is the weakness that allows COVID-19 to kill

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It’s not the virus that is the big killer. It’s the virus plus the Standard American Diet (SAD). The US will suffer the most because we are the least metabolically healthy.

The map above shows where U.S residents are at increased risk for severe Covid-19 illness, compared with the national average. It is based on the estimated proportion of adults in each county who have one or more of these conditions: diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and chronic lung disease, using survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A majority of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 in the New York City area, an early epicenter of the nation’s outbreak, had one or more underlying health conditions. Studies from the C.D.C. and others suggest that, once infected with the coronavirus, people with such conditions are at particular risk for severe illness, including hospitalization and death. The conditions do not on their own increase a person’s chance of catching the disease.

New York Times

Type-2 Diabetes patients with COVID-19 and control blood sugar fair better

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The investigators said they were surprised to see that patients with well-controlled blood sugar had lower mortality rates compared with those with poorly controlled levels. Furthermore, those with well-managed T2D also received fewer medical interventions, including supplemental oxygen or ventilation, and had fewer overall complications.

“We were surprised to see such favorable outcomes in [the] well-controlled blood glucose group among patients with COVID-19 and pre-existing type 2 diabetes,” said senior author Hongliang Li, MD, in a statement. “Considering that people with diabetes had much higher risk for death and various complications, and there are no specific drugs for COVID-19, our findings indicate that controlling blood glucose well may act as an effective auxiliary approach to improve the prognosis of patinets with COVID-19 and pre-existing diabetes.”

Pharmacy Times

25% of COVID-19 deaths in England had diabetes

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More than a quarter of all NHS patients who have died after being infected with Covid-19 had diabetes, according to new statistics from NHS England.

Between 31 March and 12 May, a total of 5,873 patients with diabetes died in hospital from Covid-19, 26 per cent of all coronavirus deaths.

It’s the first time data on hospital deaths and underlying health conditions have been revealed by the NHS.

UK Independent

The American diet and COVID-19 mortality

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The link between poor metabolic health and death from COVID-19 keeps cropping up in the news.

Doctors and scientists are discovering two common characteristics among many of those who are losing their battle with COVID-19 — they are overweight or obese and suffer from a chronic disease. Ninety four percent of deaths from COVID-19 are in those with an underlying age-related chronic disease, mostly caused by excess body fat.

COVID-19 has pulled back the curtain to reveal just how unhealthy we are as a nation. Only about 12 percent of Americans are metabolically healthy, without a large waist, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, or high cholesterol. The major driver of poor metabolic health, which increases the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19, is the nation’s diet — rich in starch, sugar, and processed foods

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