We’ve all heard that the worst fear is fear itself, especially with COVID-19, it’s the fear of the unknown. This is made worse as we try to keep up to date with changing guidelines.
Wear masks. Don’t wear masks. Now wearing masks is mandatory in Melbourne.
We’ve named this blog post The COVID Seatbelt Plan to give you and your family an extra layer of protection – just like a seatbelt does.
Protection has 2 sides: 1. Infection Control and 2. Health Defence
We should all be doing ALL the things recommended by authorities to avoid getting infected and infecting others.
Infection control includes:
The available COVID-19 mortality statistics tell us who is at greatest risk by age and sex (two things we can do nothing about). Males aged between 70 to 89 make up the majority of the COVID-19 deaths (122 in Australia at 20th July). The next biggest risk factor is whether you have a co-morbidity (health risk) and that’s where Strategy 2 can help.
This means doing the things that make you less vulnerable should you get infected.
It’s like wearing a seatbelt – these strategies don’t stop you having an accident, but make it less likely that you and your family will suffer or be hurt in an accident. These days, you are crazy not to wear a seatbelt.
Co-morbidities (pre-diabetes, diabetes, high-blood pressure, heart disease etc) seem to increase vulnerability to a worse outcome from any virus (including the flu). You can moderate these risks with targeted, healthy lifestyle changes at any age. Sometimes people have these conditions and don’t know as they could be asymptomatic.
Is being overweight or obese a risk? Maybe not!
Although some studies have ‘associated’ increased risk from carrying excess weight (especially around the waist), it may not be the excess weight that increases the risk, but this condition that is associated with extra weight – insulin resistance. Even relatively slim people can have insulin resistance. It’s also called pre-diabetes as it can lead to diabetes.
Insulin resistance is closely correlated with having a waistline that’s over 50% of your height. Divide your height by 2. Now measure your waist. If your waist is greater than half your height, you may have insulin resistance.
Although insulin resistance is not measured or detected in standard blood tests, it can be deducted from your blood tests. Divide your triglycerides by your HDL. If you score 1.5 or higher, it is highly likely you have undiagnosed insulin resistance (more likely if over 2.0). Warning! You can be slim and have insulin resistance.
You can have normal blood sugar but have chronically high insulin. Insulin Resistance is not a glucose disease. It is an insulin disease.
As insulin resistance is mainly caused by food choices over many years (not your genes), the most effective solution is to correct your food choices, specifically your carbohydrate load. The fact is that your current body may not be able to get away with the food choices you got away with when you were 20 years younger.
Update – New Paper – 6th August 2020
“While most clinicians are aware of the concept of insulin resistance, it is never measured in routine clinical practice and is at most an abstract, intangible and academic consideration.”
Source: paper in Frontiers in Public Health. Coronavirus and Obesity: Could Insulin Resistance Mediate the Severity of Covid-19 Infection?
“…if an association between insulin resistance and COVID-19 severity was established, the next step would be to determine whether strategies to enhance insulin sensitivity acutely (such as carbohydrate restriction) could improve prognosis.” To see paper click HERE.
Here’s the good news!
You may be able to reduce your risks within weeks with some specific healthy lifestyle modifications. The Seatbelt Plan has four steps:
Need advice? Healthy Inspirations provides lifestyle programming to help members learn about their body’s individual carbohydrate tolerance in order to effortlessly achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Whether you live near a centre or not, give your nearest centre a call to ask for program details. You can register for a free info session by clicking the button at the top of the page at https://healthyinspirations.com.au. These info sessions can be arrange in the centre or via Zoom video communications to your computer.
And… make sure you stay disciplined with Strategy 1. If you have any health questions, or feel unwell, please call your doctor or local hospital straight away. Get tested. Do not wait.