Without a doubt this viral illness (COVID-19) has caused a havoc both nationally and globally in all respects whether we contracted it despite all precautions taken (as it is airborne), or if we are spared from it; either way itâ€™s destroying lives and our economies leaving some homeless, halting education and schooling, forcing social isolation with depression among other adverse outcomes. If anyone would have predicted something like this a year ago, I would have thought that s/he was out of touch with reality. But now here we are, so what can we do to help combat this destructive deadly virus that is taking a toll on lives in every part of the world, and why is it taking so long for us to find a solution despite the vast advancements in the medical field? Itâ€™s six months now that we are in this mess, which is worsening in many States and areas in the world, yet no one has the answer, and everyday something new changes with respect to its transmission, symptoms, attacks on other body organs, discrepancies on medication(s) use, and the list goes on. It is mind blogging trying to keep up with the confusing reports we are receiving from various sources as this virus is soâ€¦NEW.
All we are doing is listening to the experts who are also baffled with the devastating outcomes; many professionals are trying to figure out this complicated maze/puzzle but its attack on all the bodyâ€™s organs and systems are perplexing to the greatest minds. Instead of falling into depression or cast blame on anyone or country; we need to look at ourselves and see what each of us could do to help prevent contracting COVID-19 or reduce its severity, and save our health, sanity, economy, and focus on rebuilding all that we have lost. Concentrate on the positive and remove yourself from negativity; I know that this is challenging for some as we canâ€™t change our situations especially with no jobs but try to start each day with a positive thought, and be thankful for what you have, that is, looking at the glass â€˜half-fullâ€™ instead of â€˜half-emptyâ€™, and this mindset may help to offer some consolation to ourselves and those who depend on us.
In this blog, Iâ€™d like to emphasize how important it is to manage your Type 2 Diabetes and achieve stable glycemic value as the outcomes are worse for individuals whose blood glucose levels constantly fluctuates, which leads to vascular issues in every part of the body. In my presentation at the World Health Care Nursing Conference last September in Spain, I emphasized the importance of glycemic control to prevent the numerous complications associated with high blood glucose values as I witnessed this caring for my deceased mother (whose timeline significantly extended with tight blood glucose control from 1 week to 3 months, to almost 3 years, then she died from complications of pneumonia; at that time I was in accounting and finance not in the healthcare field). Treating patients with this illness for many years now has reinforced my findings in my research for the doctorate degree, and what I observed caring for my deceased mother. I devoted over two decades in research to effectively control blood glucose (sugar) levels in people of all ethnicities using their own cultural foods, and itâ€™s all in the preparation methods with reduced portions eaten, and yes, the outcomes have been positive in all respects including increased mental functioning and reduced sexual dysfunction among some of the numerous benefits. Healthy eating is a major contributor to glycemic control and the prevention of complications associated with Type 2 Diabetes in addition to weight management, (as well, the COVID-19 virus has been associated with poor outcomes in obese individuals). Education, empowerment, and support are essential to manage this chronic illness and avoiding the harmful outcomes that COVID-19 is causing to these individuals worldwide. The largest study conducted in China (April 30, 2020. doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2020.04.021), concurred what Iâ€™ve been saying all along that Type 2 Diabetes and poor glycemic control result in devastating outcomes and eventually death, destroying all involved including the individuals, families, and healthcare systems.
Foods and drinks that are rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, along with digestive herbs could help to lower the LDL cholesterol, aid with digestion, and improve fecal elimination, decrease blood pressure, blood glucose levels, urinary symptoms, increase mental functioning, and help to boost the immune system to fight infections. Check out our Shop page for healthy recipes, and make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients we used (eliminate any that you cannot use); also speak with your primary care provider before drinking it; remember that these are supplements. I drink this tea warm as a cleanser; it also has a refreshing citrus aroma while cooking.
Practice good oral care, handwashing, healthy eating with no or reduced LDL cholesterol (bad fats), wear masks and avoid large crowds, clean your surrounds and frequently used areas/objects. Above all, be kind to yourself, and stay healthy and safe; please check-out our Shop page for videos on Basic Blood Glucose Monitoring, Footcare, Fat Removal from Poultry or Meat, and additional information on the management of Type 2 Diabetes.
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