Diabetics at greater risk of contracting flu – research
People living with diabetes are at greater risk of contracting flu than non-diabetics, research shows.
This is because diabetes sufferers are more likely to have an impaired immune system and are more susceptible to colds and flu infections, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
“Patients with diabetes may have abnormalities in immune function and presumed increased morbidity and mortality from infection,” the ADA says on its website here: View source
A study by the University of Alberta, Canada, notes: “…adults with diabetes are at an increased risk of influenza compared with people without diabetes, affirming the need to target people with diabetes for influenza vaccination.” (View source)
Common flu symptoms include high fever, severe muscle and joint pain, headache, dry cough and sore throat. Type 2 diabetics are more prone to complications, including pneumonia, the ADA adds.
Many over-the-counter flu medications contain ingredients with high sugar content, making it vital to check blood sugar levels regularly to avoid irregular sugar levels.
Nutritional consultant Vanessa Ascencao says avoiding flu this season should start with a balanced and healthy diet and lifestyle: “Aim for a diet rich in nutrients found in whole and natural foods such as fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts and organic protein.”
Ascencao suggests these tips to help stay healthy and boost the immune system:
• Wash your hands often and avoid direct contact with those with colds or flu.
• Get active. Walk, take yoga classes, go to gym, swim or seek an activity to keep active during winter.
• Green Tea is a potent anti-oxidant and supports ‘good’ intestinal bacteria while fighting bad bacteria (e-coli, clostridium and salmonella).
• Increase consumption of leafy green and other vegetables such as kale, lettuce, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, winter squashes, carrots and sweet potatoes. They are all great sources of essential vitamins and minerals and help keep your body in an alkaline state in which bacteria struggle to survive.
• Spice up your life with garlic, ginger, turmeric and cayenne pepper. These are all immune-boosting and contain strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-microbial properties. Tumeric is a winner!
• Ditch the dairy – dairy is mucous forming and most of us have an intolerance to dairy, affecting gut health and the immune system.
• Staying hydrated is vital as parched mucous membranes are more susceptible to inflammation and irritation. Water and herbal teas are best.
• Vitamin C is still one of the best immune-boosting antioxidants. Load up with citrus fruits, melons, kiwi fruit, berries, red pepper, parsley and broccoli.
• Seaweed is a great immunity booster. Add to salads or make your own sushi hand rolls with avocado and raw veggies.
• Avoid excessive stress as this places additional strain on the immune system.
• If you contract the flu virus, stay home and rest. This is essential for diabetics.
In addition, supplement with Marcus Rohrer Spirulina, one of the world’s most potent, nature-based, multi-nutrients proven to boost immunity, energy and stamina. Spirulina has been endorsed by the United Nations for its superfood status and according to NASA scientists, one gram of Spirulina algae is nutritionally equivalent to 1000 grams of fruits and vegetables.
People with type 2 diabetes are advised to use Diabecinn™, a nutritional food supplement containing a water-based cinnamon extract (ZN112) which helps lower the risk of becoming diabetic. It assists non-insulin-dependent diabetics reduce high blood sugar levels by up to 29%.
Marcus Rohrer Spirulina and Diabecinn are available at health shops, pharmacies, Dis-Chem, Clicks, Pick n Pay, Wellness Warehouse and Medi-Rite.