By Lindsey Brumm, R.D., L.D.
In this new world we live in, the thing that is constantly on all of our minds is how to stay safe from COVID-19. We take measures on a daily basis to keep safe by staying home, wearing face masks, standing 6 feet apart, sanitizing hands and contact surfaces, limiting gatherings, etc. But is there more that we could be doing to prevent the severe outcomes of this disease ahead of time—in case we happen to contract it?
Blood sugar control is important for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. Those with Type 1 diabetes do not produce insulin at all and are reliant on supplemental insulin to manage blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed at a young age, between infancy to 30 years of age. Type 2 diabetics do produce insulin but have impaired insulin production and typically get diagnosed later in life. Type 2 Diabetes is typically linked to poor diet, exercise habits, and/or heredity.
COVID-19 and Type 2 Diabetes
For those with Type 2 diabetes, the risk of having more severe symptoms from COVID-19 is likely lower if the diabetes is well managed, according to the American Diabetes Association. This is because hyperglycemia, or high blood sugars, can weaken the immune system, making it difficult to fight off infections or viruses such as COVID-19. For that reason, it’s more important than ever to take care of ourselves and make our health a priority.
Type 2 diabetics can take steps to help reduce their risk of symptoms with a number of healthy habits, including:
- Regular exercise, such as walking, bike riding, exercise classes, etc. (physical activity performed 30 minutes 5 times per week is recommended or 150 minutes each week.)
- Limiting added sugars
- Eating small frequent meals throughout the day
- Limiting alcohol intake
- Eating a balanced diet with plenty of protein and vegetables to control carbohydrate intake
- Choosing complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains and legumes that provide a good source of dietary fiber.
At Livea we use proven nutrition formulas to help balance out blood sugars to decrease hunger and cravings and promote fat loss. We have had many clients with Type 2 diabetes go through the program with great success over the years.
While working for Livea (formerly Medifast), I have had the privilege of watching clients lower their insulin doses within days of being on the program, decrease their dependence on diabetes medications within weeks, and even go completely off of their diabetes medications as they near their goal weight.
Studies, such as the one conducted with the Workplace Health Group at the University of Georgia in October 2019, also show that having accountability from health coaches greatly improves participation and results with weight-loss programs. This study used 3 groups, including one-on-one coaching, group coaching, and no coaching. The group with one-on-one coaching lost more weight than the other two groups.
At Livea we understand the importance of this one-on-one consulting, which is why we’ve integrated weekly one-on-one client check-ins with our dietitians, nutritionists, and other professionals into our weight-loss programs.
Personalized Meal Plans Designed Just for You
Whether you currently have Type 2 diabetes and want to improve your overall health or simply have a family history of Type 2 diabetes and want to prevent future health complications, Livea can help! We are even providing extra precautionary services, such as phone and virtual support for our clients wanting to limit outside contact during COVID-19.
There’s no time like the present! Give us a call today at 1-855-GoLivea. We can’t wait to meet you and help you start your journey to better health!
- “How COVID-19 Impacts People with Diabetes.” American Diabetes Association, https://www.diabetes.org/coronavirus-covid-19/how-coronavirus-impacts-people-with-diabetes
- “Study: Health Coaching Help Employees Lose Weight.” University of Georgia: Workplace Health Group, 10 October 2019, https://publichealth.uga.edu/health-coaching-helped-employees-lose-weight/