Why Diabetes Makes You More Susceptible to Viruses
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so today I want to talk about why
diabetes makes you more susceptible to getting viruses and more specifically
I’m talking about COVID-19 being a diabetic triples the mortality rate from
this virus but the question is why well here’s why the virus enters the cell
through your own body’s receptor and the type of receptor is this right here ace
2 receptor so it goes in there and it starts to replicate so here’s the thing
the more ace 2 receptors you have on your cells the higher the susceptibility
to this virus you’re going to be and diabetics have a lot more ace 2 receptor
proteins on their cells people with high blood glucose have more ace 2 receptors
people that have higher amounts of insulin also have higher amounts of
these receptors and this is why they’re more susceptible to viruses however
there’s a couple additional reasons that you need to know about number one the
condition insulin resistance and by the way about 75 percent of the population
has instant resistance so it’s very very very very common insulin resistance
can impair your immune response to a virus okay but that’s not all people
with hyperglycemia high sugar which is a lot of people and I’m talking also about
people that are pre-diabetic have a decrease in neutrophils now let me
explain what a neutrophil is when you have an infection about 70 percent of
your white blood cells are neutrophils so they’re very very common they are
basically a phagocyte they’re a cell that eats viruses and bacteria but
primarily they’re involved in a lot of viral infections so when you’re diabetic
your neutrophils go down now there are three things that neutrophils do
number one they eat viruses for lunch okay number two they release anti
microbial chemicals that kill pathogens like hydrogen peroxide okay and chloride
bleach they actually release bleach and they end up killing the microbes number
three they have another strategy using what’s called an NETS nets where they
literally put a net over the microbe and dissolve that microbe with the chemicals
one of the problems with neutrophils is they do create a lot of collateral
damage because they have these poisons and sometimes they can affect your
immune system but the point is that if you don’t have enough neutrophils your
immune system is going to be compromised where your body just doesn’t have the
weapons to fight so you can imagine this if you want to send out your troops to
battle without any weapons what’s gonna happen this is what happens when your
blood sugar is high and this is why a diabetic has a higher mortality rate
with this virus and other viruses as well now if you’re a diabetic and you’re
concerned about COVID-19 the coronavirus and you continue to eat foods that are
high in carbohydrates then we know you are missing a real key piece to this
entire puzzle because with some slight modifications of your diet by cutting
out those carbs and decreasing the frequency of your meals you can greatly
improve diabetes and you can actually improve your immune system as well so if
you’re a diabetic you need to know what to eat to minimize the risk factors so I
put that video right here and check it out
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Did you know diabetes makes you more susceptible to viruses (like COVID-19)? Find out why.
GET YOUR EATING RIGHT:
0:10 COVID-19 and diabetes
0:18 Why are diabetics at a higher risk?
1:09 A few additional things to be aware of
3:25 What to do
Today we’re going to talk about why diabetes can make you more susceptible to getting viruses like COVID-19. Being a diabetic actually triples the mortality rate from the COVID-19 virus.
The virus enters the cell through your own body’s receptor. This type of receptor is called the ACE2 receptor. The virus enters and starts to replicate. The more ACE2 receptors you have on your cells, the more susceptible you could be to this virus.
• Diabetics have a lot more ACE2 receptor proteins on their cells.
• People with high blood glucose have more ACE2 receptor proteins on their cells.
• People with higher amounts of insulin have more ACE2 receptor proteins on their cells.
A few additional things to be aware of:
• Insulin resistance can impair your immune response to a virus.
• People with hyperglycemia (high sugar) have a decrease in neutrophils. Neutrophils eat viruses, they release anti-microbial chemicals that kill pathogens, and they use NETS to dissolve microbes with chemicals. If you don’t have enough neutrophils, your immune system is going to be compromised, and your body won’t have the weapons to fight off viruses.
If you have diabetes and you’re concerned about COVID-19 (coronavirus), you may want to consider decreasing your carbs (the healthy keto diet) and intermittent fasting. This could potentially help greatly improve diabetes and help support the immune system.
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Thanks for watching! I hope this video helps you better understand why diabetes makes you more susceptible to viruses like COVID-19.