There is a saying in self-help literature that I try to keep present in my life: control what you can control. However, I recently found a pearl of wisdom that goes a step farther. Out of all the things I can control, I should only focus on those that matter.
The natural fear of contracting COVID-19, or having a loved one becoming severely ill from it, has launched reactions in all corners of the world. We have changed our lifestyles to cope with the new reality and have a sense of control.
In the midst of all this, the media amplifies sentiments of doomsday 24/7 instead of providing relevant information that could prevent the death toll from rising, such as the findings of recent investigations.
The most prestigious medical journals have published thousands of pages in reference to risk factors. But, not until last Friday, did I read on a national news outlet, a comprehensive article about one of the top, driving underlying conditions of COVID-19 total deaths in America.
Under the title, ”Why COVID-19 is killing U.S. diabetes patients at alarming rates,” Reuters referenced the latest CDC study. It analyzed 10,000 deaths in 15 states and New York City from January to May 2020.
According to this study, nearly 40% of the fatal victims, in all age groups, had diabetes. In the United States, the prevalence of this underlying condition made hospitalizations of patients six times higher and deaths 12 times higher regardless of age.
Another article published by The Lancet on July 17th, explains that previous investigations have shown a direct relationship (known as J-curve) between Type 2 Diabetes HbA1c and all-cause mortality for infections, in particular of the respiratory tract.
Even though diabetes does not increase the risk of contagion, the poor outcomes of diabetic COVID-19 patients are a fact.
All diabetic victims had one or more of the following underlying conditions: hypertension, cardiovascular disease, nervous system disease, and chronic kidney disease. Keep in mind that diabetes is a contributing factor for all of them.
Ninety percent of Type 2 diabetics are diagnosed as adults who are usually obese (Body Mass Index of 30 or up) and lead a sedentary life.
So, going back to the things that matter and that I can control, instead of worrying about decoding the future, I am going to take power over my health and clean up my diet.
Although I don’t suffer from diabetes and exercise regularly, the uncertainty of this pandemic has forced me to eat more take-out and cheating foods because I am simply bored. Comfort food is called that for a reason, right?
Therefore, as much as social distancing practices, masks, and all other policies contribute to the prevent the spread, my body will ultimately determine how it will react to Covid-19 in the event I get infected. Diabetes is, for the most part, an acquired disease. That is the good news, and I can control it.
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