Part of living well means understanding how certain behaviors and risk factors can compromise our health and leave us vulnerable to infections or illnesses.

Let’s consider what we know so far about The Coronavirus (COVID-19), for example. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), certain pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, and kidney disease, may put individuals at greater risk of COVID-19 complications[1]. By having an understanding of these conditions, you can take a proactive role in making positive lifestyle choices that keep you stronger, healthier, and happier!

Knowledge is a powerful tool in managing your wellness and mitigating health risks, which is why we believe that sharing the following COVID-19 risk factors will help spread awareness and empower our Livea family to stay healthy, be resilient, and unite together during this pandemic.

COVID-19 Risk Factors

The following information on Coronavirus complicating factors was retrieved from the CDC’s website.

Asthma and Other Chronic Lung Conditions

The CDC reports that individuals living with a respiratory condition, such as asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), or Cystic Fibrosis may experience severe symptoms (also known as flare ups) if they come into contact with COVID-19.

Diabetes

The CDC also states that individuals living with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes may experience a worsening of coronavirus symptoms and prolonged illness.

    • Diabetes and the use of insulin therapy can cause excessive weight gain and lead to other serious health issues, including obesity. Studies continue to show how effective weight loss and weight management can help minimize diabetes symptoms, reverse prediabetes, and reduce insulin resistance[2].

Heart Conditions

If you have a history of heart disease, such as heart failure, congenital heart disease, or pulmonary hypertension, these pre-existing health conditions may exacerbate COVID-19 symptoms and cause other heart issues.

    • According to the American Heart Association, following a healthy nutrition plan and proper weight management can help reduce your chances of future heart issues, including stroke, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure[3].

Immunocompromised or Susceptible to Infection

People who have a weakened immune system due to a previous illness, or individuals who are prone to certain infections, may find it more difficult to fight off COVID-19, which can prolong the illness, worsen its symptoms, and create other serious health issues.

Obesity

According to the CDC, obesity can increase an individual’s risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which makes it more difficult to breathe on your own naturally. A common symptom of COVID-19 is difficulty breathing or shortness of breath[4], which may intensify with obesity.

    • Conquering obesity takes more than a diet plan; it requires a positive lifestyle change that centers around healthy eating, good nutrition, physical exercise, and support from others[5].

Lifelong Health and Wellness

At Livea, we offer safe, effective weight loss plans that are tailored to your personal dietary restrictions and wellness goals. And each one of our plans can accommodate your nutritional needs for diabetes, gluten sensitivity, or food allergies. More than a diet program, our proven, physician-tested meal plans allow you to actively manage your weight loss and achieve long-term success with the support of nutritionists and registered dietitians.

We’re in This Together!

Our number one priority is keeping you and our team safe! If you are at higher risk of COVID-19 complicating factors, it’s essential that you stay at home as much as possible and practice the CDC’s recommended precautions to avoid exposure.

Whether you are new or already a member of our Livea family, we make it easier for you to have access to the healthy nutrition you need, without having to go to the grocery store! You can now enjoy curbside pickup or mail delivery, virtual consultations with your Livea nutritionist, and ongoing support to help you achieve your weight loss goal and overall well-being from at home!

Ready to get started with our life-changing weight-loss program? Call us at 1-855-GoLivea (1-855-465-4832) for a free consultation, so we can learn more about you, your dietary needs, and your goals for weight loss success!

From all of us at Livea, we wish you a safe, healthy day!

References:

[1] Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Groups at Higher Risk for Severe Illness. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/groups-at-higher-risk.html

[2] Medical News Today. What to Know about Insulin and Weight Gain. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325328

[3] The American Heart Association. Eating Well and Losing Weight. https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cardiac-rehab/taking-care-of-yourself/eating-well-and-losing-weight

[4] Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms of Coronavirus. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

[5] Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Strategies to Prevent Obesity. https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/strategies/index.html