The Importance of Nutrition for Diabetics During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Hamza Alvi, Director of Food Hub at STL Food Angels

Nowadays, it feels impossible to tune into the news without a mention of COVID-19, the infectious disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2. This microscopic virus has crept into every corner of our lives and infected our lives and infected our bodies, our society, and our lifestyles. But SARS-CoV-2 does not affect everyone equally. COVID-19 poses a higher threat for the elderly, especially if they also are victims of an underlying chronic disease, such as lung disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes [1]. Most of the people infected with COVID-19 show mild flu-like symptoms, or some don’t develop symptoms at all. While others rapidly deteriorate with viral pneumonia. The novel coronavirus can cause detrimental effects for seniors (65+ years old), including higher rates of hospitalizations, increased ICU admissions, and deaths [2]. On April 18, 2020, CDC reported 3,310 deaths seen in people aged 65 and up. Comparatively, only 15 deaths were seen in a person aged below 24 [3]. 

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