One idea that keeps coming to my mind is the importance of metabolic health and why older adults with Metabolic Syndrome or those who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at a higher risk of
COVID-19. 

One thing we do know is that the vast majority of coronavirus patients who end up in the hospital or the ICU have at least one underlying condition, and the most common ones are diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic lung disease.

We also know the mortality rate is highest among individuals whose immunity is compromised, and extremely low in individuals without a pre-existing risk factor.  So, the morbidity and mortality rates appear to depend upon the person’s baseline level of health. 

This virus seems to flourish within bodies that have an elevated glucose level but does not thrive when glucose levels are in the healthy normal range. It’s as though it replicates more fiercely inside a body already weakened by a pre-existing metabolic “storm”, turning it into a full-blown hurricane.  In other words,

So, just like in any infection, this virus needs a host, and the best way to keep ourselves from being one is to improve our metabolic health. One key step in this direction is to focus on losing excess body weight. That, by itself, will help regulate glucose and insulin levels.   Why is this so important? We know now that elevated levels of glucose are related to high levels of inflammation, and that chronically elevated levels of inflammation suppress immune function. 

So, the question is, what simple steps can we take to improve our metabolic health and protect ourselves from COVID-19, and from other viruses and diseases.? 

The strategies outlined below have all been proven to reverse high glucose levels and improve metabolic health. They will make a difference in your life. So, bring your best to this moment, let’s start improving our health today!

  1. Minimize consumption of sugar, grains, and any other high glycemic carbohydrates (e.g., white breads). Best would be to eliminate these foods.
  2. Minimize/Eliminate use of any artificial sweeteners, and to use either Stevia (or Agave) as natural sweeteners. We found stevia improved post-prandial (post-meal) glucose levels in a previous study.
  3. Minimize/Eliminate consumption of trans-fats (e.g., Fried foods, french fries, pastries). These foods disrupt many metabolic processes and lead to elevated glucose and high levels of inflammation.
  4. After each meal, take a 5-10 min walk. This will help promote healthy glucose levels and prevent post-meal glucose and insulin spikes.
  5. Do not sit for more than one hour at a time. Prolonged sitting has detrimental metabolic effects, so it’s best to break this up with 5-10 minute walks or even better to stand/walk on a treadmill during the day.
  6. Do some form of exercise in the morning before breakfast if possible. This should help improve metabolism and blood glucose levels throughout the day.
  7. Drink coffee and add cinnamon to this. Both coffee and cinnamon can help improve blood glucose levels. 
  8. Take exogenous ketones. Exogenous ketones can improve immune function, reduce inflammation, prevent muscle break-down, and perhaps most importantly, shift the body’s fuel source from glucose to ketones and help maintain healthy metabolic function.

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