Type 2 Diabetes and COVID-19; Stay Healthy and Safe.

Hello Everyone, adding to our previous post and to give you an insight as to what brought me into the healthcare field with an interest in the management and prevention of Type 2 Diabetes, is really my mother. And during these challenging times with COVID-19 facing all of us, some with financial difficulties and being affected with stress or the virus itself, I’d like to offer some simple suggestions that could prevent complications such as hypoglycemia and visits to the Emergency room, which will keep you from being exposed to individuals who are positive for the COVID-19 virus. Remember that comorbidities such as Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension among others places you at a disadvantage that may lead to poor outcomes.

After caring for my deceased mother and extended her life with healthy eating using her own ethnic foods and a few medications, (which was drastically reduced at the time of her stroke), I dedicated my studies focusing on the prevention of this chronic illness, and its associated complications such as stroke, blindness, kidney disease, among others for over 23 years, and I want to share some of my findings to help you live healthier lives particularly now as the Emergency rooms are bombarded with COVID-19 patients. Healthy eating while enjoying your own ethnic foods with smaller portions throughout the day using complex carbohydrates with reduced fat intake along with some physical activity, could lead to a healthier life and prevent complications that may require emergency care.

Now, here are some tips that I do to protect myself and family when I come home. It’s habitual for me to wipe my laptop and the mouse, my cell phone, the TV converter, and always the dining table, the refrigerator and microwave door handles and buttons along with my tea kettle (frequently), and my facial mist container that I use with some essential oils in water after showering or cleaning my face, neck, and ears. It takes about 10-15 mins to clean my surroundings as I want the liquid cleaner to stay on the surfaces for at least 1.5 minutes before wiping them off with plain water.

Remember to wash your hands after touching handrails on escalators and buttons in the elevator, or holding the handles on a bus or subway; you must also wash your hands or use sanitizer before using the restroom/toilet, eating, or touching your face, and lastly practice hand-washing immediacy after using the restroom.

This may seem extreme but once you get into the habit, it becomes second nature, and most of all it protects you and keeps you healthy along with protecting those you love and serve. Every one of us has a role to play in the prevention and containment of diseases/viruses, and being in the medical field as frontline staff and practitioners, we are expected to set the standard to prevent the spread of diseases or infections to our patients, colleagues, and families.

Please keep visiting our website for additional blogs and services to help manage your Type 2 diabetes; stay healthy and safe.

Dr. Soy Ramsumeer