COVID-19 has changed daily life in so many ways – most of which we can’t control. But there are things you can do to reduce your risks and keep yourself healthy and happy. Being a part of Wellsmith is a great start! Here’s what you need to know about managing Type 2 Diabetes during COVID-19.
First things first – Type 2 Diabetes does not increase your risk for contracting the virus. However, the CDC notes that older adults and folks of any age with underlying medical conditions, including diabetes, are at higher risk for more serious symptoms, side effects, and complications.
What You Can Do
A balanced diet, physical activity, and adequate sleep are vital to physical and mental wellbeing. Healthy habits like these are always important for those with Type 2 Diabetes, but this virus has made taking care of yourself – body and mind – more important than ever. So, what can you do? Here are our top recommendations:
- Mind Your Meds
If you’re on medication, be sure not to skip any doses. We’re here to help – message your Nurse in the Wellsmith app to set up convenient medication reminders.
- Watch Your Glucose Levels
Changes in blood sugars are early indicators of illness, so regularly checking your levels is critical right now. Please note that some continuous glucose monitors are sensitive to acetaminophen (Tylenol), and may give you inaccurate readings. If you’re using a CGM and taking Tylenol, test your sugar with your glucometer to double-check your readings.
- Get Outside
Take a few minutes to get out in nature. Besides providing a change of scenery, it’s a great way to incorporate physical activity (like walking, running, or hiking) while maintaining distance from others. Even if you can’t get outside, there are plenty of ways to keep meeting your daily activity goals indoors!
- Eat Healthy
It’s easier to eat healthy when you’re eating at home. Not sure what to cook? There are lots of online resources with easy diabetes friendly recipes. Now is a great time to get creative in the kitchen!
- Keep It Clean
We know we should follow the recommended guidelines for handwashing. But don’t forget to clean injection and finger-stick sites with soap and water or rubbing alcohol.
- Stay Social! (From a Distance)
Social connection is an essential part of our mental and emotional wellbeing. And though we may have to stay apart (6 feet, to be exact), technology makes it easier than ever to stay in touch. Phone calls, text messages, emails and video chats are all great ways to connect with friends and family. The more the merrier!
In this new normal, remember to put yourself first – eat healthy, stay active, and get plenty of rest to help counteract negative emotions and keep your body strong.
If you have questions, please contact the Wellsmith Care Team. We are here to support you. Learn more about the virus online via the American Diabetes Association: http://bit.ly/ADACoronavirus.