We are living in strange times! With the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic all over the world, we all need to take extra precautions – but particularly people with diabetes.
High risk condition
We know that having an existing condition like diabetes makes us more at risk, and that diabetes can lead to a weakened immune system. We also know that stress raises blood sugar, and high blood sugar is not good for health. So what should we do? Eat healthy, stay active, check your blood sugar, look after yourself.
There’s a balance between staying informed and getting obsessed. It’s important to understand the risks and precautions that you need to take, and you can take a look at the entire coronavirus data pack here – it is fascinating. Remember, though, that much of this data is from last week and from China, so it’s not exactly the same situation as in South Africa.
If you find yourself reading the news more than usual, and notice that you’re feeling more stressed and anxious than usual, try to dial back on the news. You can stay informed by checking on the situation once a day: you don’t need minute-by-minute updates. The most important thing to consider is your health and the health of those around you – and that includes mental health! Here’s a helpful video about diabetes and mental health from a South African psychologist living with Type 1 diabetes.
How to deal with diabetes and coronavirus
So what do we do as people with diabetes living in South Africa? We don’t panic, and we take care. Here are 5 things to remember about coronavirus and diabetes.
We are all in this together. If you need some other people with diabetes to talk to, please join Diabetic South Africans on Facebook. Remember to be kind. Remember to breathe. We’ll get through this!
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