This COVID risk factor is under your control

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This COVID risk factor is under your control

 

If the last year has taught us one thing, it’s that having underlying co-morbidities with COVID dramatically increases your risk of serious complications, hospitalization and even death.  The “three biggies” here are high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.

But the common denominator underlying all of these is insulin resistance

Insulin resistance drives up your blood glucose level, triggering diabetes as well as stirring up the inflammation in your blood vessels that contributes to high blood pressure.  And insulin resistance is largely caused by a poor diet, which is also the main factor behind obesity!

See how they’re all related and intertwined?

The good news is, insulin resistance is largely under YOUR control, and you can help turn it around and encourage normal blood sugar levels.  Here’s how:

1- Eat for normal blood sugar

Eat fresh vegetables daily (other than potatoes and corn).  Fresh fruits are also healthy but limit yourself to one serving per day due to the fructose.

Include animal proteins such as red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and full-fat dairy.

Have healthy fats including real butter, nuts, olive oil, coconut oil and avocado.

Avoid soda and other sweetened beverages and drink filtered water instead.

Avoid starches and refined carbs—pasta, pastries, bread, bagels, cereals, and all processed foods.

2- Supplement with Turmeric

Research has shown that turmeric can help reduce blood glucose levels by reducing your liver’s glucose production. 

It also helps curb inflammation from high blood sugar levels, stimulates pancreatic function, and reduces insulin resistance.Turmeric

3- Get regular exercise

Blood sugar control is yet another of the L – O – N – G list of reasons why you should get regular exercise.  Pick an activity you like—even walking is helpful—get your doctor’s OK and do it for at least 30 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week. 

Now you are on a path to fighting back at insulin resistance and supporting strong health and a normal bodyweight!

To your health,

Sherry Brescia


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