Immune System and Type 2 Diabetes during Coronavirus
What is The Immune System?
The immune system is made up of special organs, cells and chemicals that protect us against diseases caused by tiny invaders such as parasites, bacteria and viruses.
While it is important to take precautionary measures against coronavirus, it is just as important to stay calm during these times because we know that fear impacts our immune system by stimulating the release of cortisol. This weakens our immune response leaving our systems more vulnerable to infection.
Type 2 Diabetes and Immune System
Since the key role of the immune system is to keep us free from infection, it is especially important for Type 2 Diabetics to keep their immune system the healthiest they can! While Type 2 Diabetics may be more susceptible to certain viruses if their immune system is weak, it’s important to note that it’s likely high blood sugar, not the condition itself, that contributes to the greater risk.
So it’s crucial to monitor your blood sugar and keep healthy. Researchers are actively trying to better understand how hyperglycemia interacts with infectious diseases so that they can help lower comorbidities for Type 2 Diabetics.
Immune System and Coronavirus
Keeping your immune system strong enough to fight off a disease like Coronavirus is critical. There is a ton of information out there on how to boost your immune system. Researchers recommend making sure we:
- Sleep well
- Eat a healthy diet
- Reduce stress
- Take safe traveling measures if necessary.
The bottom line is, to protect yourself from coronavirus and other infectious diseases, you need a healthy immune system.
We Are Here For You
Study after study on diabetes reveals that you need peer support to live healthy and well as a diabetic. Diabetes has no 24/7 support line. But, joining a diabetes online community can significantly improve how you care for yourself and succeed as a diabetic.
This is especially true today when we need to understand how to protect ourselves against Coronavirus. "Winning Type 2 Diabetes Together" is a large and growing Facebook diabetes online community of over 8,000 diabetics from around the world that benefit from:
- Important information and alerts
- Support & Connection
- Information & Education
Winning Type 2 Diabetes Together is 100% free to join. No membership fee. So the easiest thing to do is join :) And if the extra support you get there can help you keep your blood sugar levels healthy, especially during this global crisis, you owe it to yourself and family to join! Please feel free to invite friends and family who are in need during this time as well!
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