No doubt you are doing everything to avoid picking up or innocently spreading the virus. Read about government advice on Social Distancing HERE.
But despite all our best efforts it is possible that 50% or more of the Australian and NZ population may get the virus. The question is:
How well prepared is your body to deal with the Corona virus should you get it?
In the short months since the virus went global, information on who is at most risk seems to boil down to two categories:
1. older people (especially over 70) and,
2. people who are unhealthy. Definitely people who have diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, cardio-vascular and lung disease – and smokers (please stop now).
For many, a major underlining factor of most of these ailments is poor metabolic health: high blood sugar levels, high insulin levels and insulin resistance. These are typically undiagnosed. They are mainly a result of our past and current lifestyle choices.
The GOOD NEWS, is that despite your metabolic health now, there are positive things you can do to optimise your health starting now.
Below is a very good interview with one of the UK’s leading preventive cardiologists Dr Aseem Malhotra. He is a former clinical associate to the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
You can do nothing about your age, but there are things you can do about your metabolic health and your metabolic health directly affects your immune function.
How might you know your metabolic health is not as strong as it could be?
Whether you are carrying excess weight or not, if your waist is above 50% of your height, this is a reliable signal that your metabolic health in sub-optimal.
The graphic below is not based upon any solid peer-reviewed data on Corona virus risk, as it may be many months or years until clear global data is available. We can’t wait. It may be 6 months or years before we have tested vaccines and treatments. (There is no treatment yet for the common cold.)