A strong immune system is key to a long, healthy life — especially now. The good news is, you can strengthen your immune system simply by getting your blood sugar under control. And that’s not all! Here are three ways that getting control of your blood sugar level can help protect you from COVID-19.
It boosts immunity.
Great blood sugar control energizes immune cells to cut the risk of COVID- 19 complications by 65 percent, suggests research in JAMA. And Jason Fung, M.D., author of Life in the Fasting Lane (From $14.99, Amazon), says intermittent fasting activates an internal cleansing process that speeds the breakdown of viruses.
It reduces inflammation.
The inflammatory response of your body’s cells is better regulated with a steady trickle of glucose, say Canadian researchers, who explain that good blood sugar control keeps cells from producing too much inflammation, which makes you half as likely to develop COVID-19 complications.
It lowers blood pressure.
Avoiding blood sugar swings keeps arteries more relaxed to trim up to 11 points off your blood pressure, say Columbus State University scientists. And readings below 120/80 help the lungs’ delicate blood vessels properly nourish the tissue, cutting your risk of COVID-19 complications by 60 percent.
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