WHEN COVID-19 struck the globe more than three years ago, among the biggest concerns were the protection of certain individuals, specifically those with comorbidities like diabetes.
It is known that people who suffer from diabetes were considered among the most prone to COVID-19 and its more recent strains. However, with proper nutrition, the risks of both can be reduced or prevented.
COVID-19 and its Omicron variant sublineage XBB.1.16 is shown to be contributing to the increase of COVID-19 cases this 2023. In a bulletin issued on May 8 of this year by the Department of Health, it showed that new cases in the Philippines have risen to 112 percent leading up to the first week of May.
The uptick in cases can be concerning since it is known that the virus itself can increase risks of severe illness among individuals already suffering from pre-existing conditions such as diabetes.
In a statement, the American Diabetes Association said that “In general, people with diabetes are more likely to have more severe symptoms and complications when infected with any virus.”
With that said, and the lack of an effective cure for both illnesses, medical experts are in agreement that the best way to deal with these conditions is through prevention. Thus, it all goes back to fortifying the body’s immune system with proper nutrition.
So, what can be done to strengthen the immune system? One can boost immunity by following good health guidelines such as:
● Eating an appropriate number of fruits and vegetables
● Exercising regularly
● Maintaining a healthy weight
● Getting adequate sleep
● Trying to minimize stress
Maintaining proper nutrition ranks high on the list because this practice enables the body’s immune system to effectively ward off unwanted elements like virus and harmful bacteria. But how does nutrition boost the immune system?
The complex, integrated immune system needs multiple specific micronutrients, significant positive impact on immune functions:
● Vitamin A – Helps reverse adverse effects on immune functions, improves antibody response to vaccines
● Vitamin C – Helps produce antibodies against bacteria or foreign proteins
● Vitamin D – Helps restore immune function of macrophages that detect harmful
● Vitamin E – Helps improves overall immune function
● Zinc – Has beneficial effects to intestinal immune functions
Getting ample amounts of these micronutrients help boost the immune system, the body’s first line of defense against COVID-19. However, the vitamins and minerals obtained from food are oftentimes inadequate.
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