Diabetes protection — think red, blue, purple, go

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About 1.4 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in the United States every year.

More than one in every 10 adults 20 years or older has diabetes… odds are someone you’re close to has it. I have several loved ones with it and it worries me to death…

Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation. Obviously all fates I want everyone to avoid…

And as if a diabetes diagnosis wasn’t already scary enough… along came COVID-19 to take things up a notch.

Certain groups are prone to have severe cases COVID-19, notably older people and those with underlying medical conditions like… you guessed it… diabetes.

According to the American Heart Association:

In people with Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance gives rise to chronic, low-grade inflammation, leaving the immune system dulled by this ongoing state of alert. New infections are like “crying wolf” — the immune system does not rally quickly and adequately, therefore allowing the virus to gain and maintain a foothold.

Among intensive care patients with COVID-19, 32% had diabetes. For hospitalized COVID-19 patients not in the ICU, 24% had diabetes. Yet for people with COVID-19 who did not require hospitalization, only 6% had diabetes.

So, with no COVID-19 vaccine in sight… millions of Americans already diagnosed as diabetic… and 1 in 3 American adults considered prediabetic (many who don’t even realize they are) and teetering on the edge of being extra vulnerable to COVID… diabetes is a bigger concern than it has ever been before.

And if you’re already a diabetic, it’s not too late for you to help yourself… controlling blood sugar before and during a COVID-19 infection can be helpful.

You probably already know that one of the best ways to manage your blood sugar is through diet. You probably even already know the basics: Fiber, protein, fruits and veggies — yes. Fried foods, sweets, processed meats, too many carbs — no.

But beyond that, knowing specifically which foods help manage your blood sugar is confusing. After all, corn and potatoes are veggies, but they are considered “starchy” and should be avoided … and diabetics are expressly told to avoid fruit juice and dried fruits because they contain too much sugar.

So how can you be sure you’re eating the right things?

New information about a group of pigments found in certain foods can help…

They’re called anthocyanins… groups of naturally occurring pigments that are responsible for the red-blue color of many grains, fruits and vegetables. They have the power to improve insulin sensitivity and fight obesity to help you ward off blood sugar problems.

So, diabetic or not you should consider adding them to your diet.

Here are some foods that are chock-full of anthocyanins…

  • Black raspberries
  • Black currants
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Red cabbage
  • Black plums
  • Red radish
  • Red raspberries

You can also get anthocyanins in supplement form.

In addition to eating a healthy diet full of anthocyanins, exercising regularly is the next most effective way to stave off a diabetes diagnosis.

Exercise increases the insulin sensitivity of your cells. So when you exercise, less insulin is required to keep your blood sugar levels under control.

All kinds of physical activity have been shown to reduce insulin resistance and blood sugar. These include aerobic exercise, high-intensity interval training and strength training. Pick something that you enjoy, can engage in regularly and feel you can stick with long-term.

You have control over many of the factors that influence diabetes… and now you know what foods help maintain healthy blood sugar. That gives you a major leg up in the fight against COVID-19…

Stock up on the fruits and veggies I mentioned, grab a superfruit supplement and move your body… just say NO to diabetes! And say HECK NO to an unnecessarily severe case of COVID-19.