With Thanksgiving right around the corner and Christmas just about a month or two away, many of my diabetic patients ask whether traveling during Covid 19 is safe or not. Traveling during COVID can be risky. We will talk about coronavirus traveling tips for safety during this COVID 19 pandemic.
Do you plan to gather for the holidays? If so you are in the right place. We will talk about travel and
celebrations during the COVID pandemic.
As you know, diabetes and other chronic diseases are significant risk factors increasing the risk of death from COVID. You may not be a high-risk individual, but if you do not take the necessary
measures you may cause someone else’s death. If that person is
someone in your family, that is even more tragic.
What is your local community levels of COVID-19? Do you
know? It’s important to know the levels of COVID-19 cases in the gathering location. You can find up to date information on sites from the local county health department websites.
Why? Because where your friends and family are coming from can determine the risk of infection and spread. So, you should consider the number of COVID-19 cases in your community and
in the community where you plan to celebrate the thanksgiving or
Indoor or Outdoor?
Indoor gatherings pose more of a risk than outdoor gatherings. Is that true? Really?
Does that mean outdoor gathering poses no risk? Remember
the recent White House gathering that was outdoors? Even
with it being outdoors, COVID spread like butter on toast. So
yes outdoor is better but not totally safe. Get it?
Number of people together matters. More people equal
greater risk. The CDC currently doesn’t have a specific
number recommended for gatherings. But common sense
says if you do get together, limit the total number of people.
What have family and friends done recently?
Here are the questions to ask
1. Did someone you will meet attend a recent gathering?
2. Did that someone do any recent traveling?
3. Did he/she have contact with large groups of people?
4. We all have that one friend or family member who
seems to be the extrovert, social butterfly type. Declare
a no butterfly zone!
Behavior during the gathering. The attitude!
o Wearing a mask on a holiday isn’t ideal, actually, it
o Try an “Ugly Mask” contest this year instead of the
o Distancing with family members could seem offensive
or strange but we are living in a strange time right now. Remember to have hand sanitizers around and wash hands frequently. The family acquired COVID is still COVID.
Who shouldn’t be attending in person holiday gatherings?
This is a no-brainer…people with COVID, recently had COVID or have been exposed to COVID. People who may have symptoms of COVID. People who have a higher risk of severe illness from
COVID. This includes people with a weakened immune system or chronic disease.
Prediabetes, Diabetes Type 1 and Diabetes Type 2 All Feature Progressive Glycation of Molecules
Episodes of elevated blood glucose concentration occur in prediabetes, diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. Elevated blood glucose that lingers allows glycation events to happen. Glycation is harmful to tissues. Glycation of tissues underlies tissue and organ damage from diabetes. Glycation mounts even in the prediabetic state. Prediabetes must be reversed. Overt diabetes must be managed and controlled so that glycation-induced organ damage does not progress.
Cell and Tissue Injury From Glucose Glycation Reactions Occurs in Both Prediabetes and Diabetes
Glucose is an essential energy molecule which must be transported into cells to serve its purpose of supplying energy to tissue cells. If glucose is not transported quickly into tissue cells from the blood stream after a meal, then the glucose molecule will randomly react with various proteins, changing the nature of that protein. Insulin is essential as the transport facilitator of glucose from blood into tissue cells. The glucose surge that appears in our blood after a meal serves as a proportional stimulus for insulin secretion. If insulin secretion is low or insufficient and blood glucose concentrations remain high after a meal, then Type 1 Diabetes exists. If insulin secretion occurs but tissue cells are resistant to the action of the secreted insulin and blood glucose concentrations remain high after a meal, then Type 2 Diabetes exists. In both conditions, elevated blood glucose is the main problem, and the dreaded consequence of elevated blood glucose are random “glycation” events. Glycation is the random, non-purposeful attaching of glucose to various proteins. Glycation is harmful.
Type 2 Diabetes – Can You Prevent Diabetes With a Healthy Lifestyle?
While there is ample information available on how to prevent Type 2 diabetes, it seems as if more attention is given to its treatment. Which means people are not looking to prevent Type 2 diabetes, and this leads to the development of the condition in those who are susceptible to the disease. There is no doubt heredity plays a role, and a strong family history of diabetes is a significant risk factor. But an environment that favors overeating and inactivity are also fueling the worldwide diabetes epidemic.
Type 2 Diabetes – Is Anti-Cholesterol Surgery Helpful in Protecting Against Diabetes?
Surgery to bypass part of the ileum, a length of the small intestine, is known to have beneficial effects on cholesterol and blood fat levels. The procedure is known to cut down on heart disease. Another result of the procedure is to raise levels of a molecule called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). This molecule stimulates insulin secretion from the pancreas, improves insulin sensitivity, and lowers the release of sugar from the liver.
Type 2 Diabetes – How to Deal With a Diabetes Diagnosis
A Type 2 diabetes diagnosis is a life crisis for many people. And that is understandable. After all, Type 2 diabetes is not a disease to be taken lightly. It is better to be greatly distressed by it than to be apathetic, even if it causes you stress. Sometimes it takes frustration, anxiety, and worry before you feel you must change. As any individual who has successfully made the transition from obese to lean can attest to, there comes a time where enough is enough. An intervention is necessary, and it becomes the only option. Such circumstances often inspire drastic measures, but it’s better to risk your sanity temporarily to improve your health than it is to see matters continue to get worse. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, don’t despair.