Type 2 Diabetes & COVID-19: How to Reduce Risks

There are basic steps you can take to reduce risks related to the coronavirus. It is worth the time, preparation and effort to stay healthy.

First, ensure your have the necessary supplies:

Test Strips

Those with type 2 diabetes must closely monitor blood sugar when you have a cough, high temperature, or shortness of breath occurs.

  • Make sure your test strips have not expired.
  • Be sure to have a few extra strips and lancets on hand just in case you need them.

Medications

It is important to maintain your medication schedule and have over the counter medicine to reduce fevers.

  • Request refills for medication that are running low.
  • Make sure you have basic medication on hand to reduce fever.

Health Foods

Nutrition is key to good health. Like medication, you need to ensure you have the right foods on hand.

  • Shop now to avoid frequent outings later.
  • Focus on nutritious and health foods:
    • No sugar added canned fruit
    • No sodium added canned vegetables
    • No sugar added frozen fruit
    • No sodium or sauce added frozen vegetables
    • Simple carbs for low blood sugar (e.g. regular soda, honey, jam, Jell-O, or hard candy)

Practice Great Hygiene

Good hygiene is always a great idea no matter the situation. However, with flu season and COVID-19, handwashing is a must. You should also avoid touching your face without first washing your hands.

  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently.
  • Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

Stay Hydrated

Hydration is key. Be sure to drink liquids to help regulate your body temperature, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to your cells, and keep your organs functioning properly.

  • Stay hydrated with low or zero carb fluids.
  • Remember water is a great and inexpensive way to hydrate your body.

Limit Social Interactions

Limit face-to-face social interactions. This is a great time to stay connected via text, email, facetime, and phone.

  • Avoid unnecessary outings to lower the risk of contact with infected individuals.

Address Health Issues

Not feeling well? No need to leave home or travel. Don’t wait. Schedule a virtual visit. As with any illness, early detection is very important.

  • Cone Health offers MyChart e-visits: http://bit.ly/CHeVisit
    • Click “Start an e-visit” on the right side of the screen.

Get Support

With Wellsmith, you have a dedicated online care team ready to answer questions, provide guidance and direct you to the resources you need to stay healthy.

  • Reach out to Coach Bridgit, your Nurse, or Tech Support, as needed.

Take precautions to limit your risks and stay healthy. Be sure you have reliable information on the coronavirus. If you have questions, please contact the Wellsmith Care Team. We are here to support you and answer questions. You can also learn more about the virus online via the American Diabetes Association: http://bit.ly/ADACoronavirus.

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