One third of people in hospital with severe COVID-19 have type 2 diabetes

 

Screen Shot 2020-05-04 at 8.27.45 PM.pngIt’s been avoided for decades – most people with diabetes, largely type 2, are unhealthy -no matter how many medications they’re on. And, our health system pushes meds far faster than lifestyle changes. We get it, change is hard and doctors’ expectation is people won’t do it.

COVID-19 has lifted the veil on just how vulnerable poorly managed diabetes has left people to the virus. Insulin resistance and hyperglycemia has always made people with type 2 diabetes more susceptible to illness. Now. more than a third of those hospitalized with the coronavirus have diabetes.

The pandemic as Dr. Mark Hyman says in this video interview with cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra is not the virus, but people’s poor metabolic health. Think diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and obesity, also known as metabolic syndrome. The dis-health most people with type 2 diabetes exhibit.

It’s the result of poor diets, too much processed food, too few nutrients, not much exercise, too much weight. This conversation is with two doctors who for decades have been trying to change our sick care system. I’d say the virus has finally pulled back the curtain on what society has been refusing to deal with.

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