COVID-19 and Managing Diabetes

COVID-19 has changed many things about daily life. There is additional stress on our health, job, and routine. During such a time of uncertainty, it is important that those with diabetes take care of themselves.  

Stress can impact our physical and mental health; therefore, it is important to find new ways to manage it. This looks different for everyone. Try prioritizing your sleep and rest, get some fresh air and take a walk, try a new hobby, or phone a friend.  

The virus alone may seem like a big threat, but we also need to take proper precautions. Those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes should do their best to avoid catching the virus. High blood sugar can weaken the immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off infections, especially a deadly virus.   

What to do Now:  

  • Take care of yourself, prioritize your needs 

  • Get plenty of rest 

  • Get moving! Exercise helps manage stress and improves mood  

  • Eat often, the more colorful your plate the better!  

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds 

  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces  

  • If disinfectant is out of stock in stores, you can make your own with 1 part bleach and 9 parts water 

  • Frequently monitor your blood sugar levels  

  • If you become sick, contact your doctor or schedule a telehealth appointment 

  • Follow CDC and your local health department guidelines for information about health safety indoors and out 

 

COVID-19 & Diabetes  https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/diabetes-and-coronavirus#:~:text=Early%20studies%20have%20shown%20that,die%20from%20the%20virus

Blood Sugar & Stress  https://dtc.ucsf.edu/types-of-diabetes/type2/understanding-type-2-diabetes/how-the-body-processes-sugar/blood-sugar-stress/