COVID-19 and risk for people with Diabetes & Diabetic Neuropathy

Posted by pearl3030 @pearl3030, Apr 28, 2020

Does anyone know why diabetes is on the risk list for covid complications? I am wondering if people with neuropathy (a common affliction for those with Diabetes) are also at a higher risk for complications?

@dorisena

I don't want to confuse anyone. I did the Optifast program fifteen years before I was diagnosed with diabetes and after I no longer had the low sugar problem. I did not lose the suggested two or more pounds per week on 800 plus calories because I did not exercise much and was still recovering from the pinched nerve in my upper spine. The director said not to worry about the slow loss and it took three months to lose thirty pounds. Before that I went to bed hungry for a month and only lost two pounds even though I was working in the garden that summer. I know that low blood sugar can come from stress issues and I lived many years under unfavorable family issues. Low blood sugar can starve your brain and leave you unconscious or it can kill you. I do not ever have that problem in my life anymore. Weight loss will always be slow with me mostly because I am not at all athletic and never have been. And I like to cook.
I believe I can live nearly normal with careful eating, some exercise, and good mental health, and a supportive family, with no stress. I am blessed. Dorisena

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I seem to be the opposite. I have severe stress, and it raises my blood sugar something awful.

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@mummy43

I seem to be the opposite. I have severe stress, and it raises my blood sugar something awful.

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Yes, that is what is confusing to me after all these years. Stress and medicine can raise your blood sugar but in the beginning, stress lowered my blood sugar. In either case, eating on a regular schedule seemed to help the situation immensely so I could manage the stress at the time, either way. But I never figured out what made my body switch over the years. Some people eat more with stress and other people say "how can you eat at a time like this?" so the body response is pretty complicated. I am working on it. I am pretty blunt about my stress in my life. I stayed in my marriage until "death do us part" so my stress is now buried two miles north in the cemetery.
Every day I tell myself that he couldn't help himself and I forgive something. I am healing. I am learning. I am "not done yet." Dorisena

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@dorisena

Yes, that is what is confusing to me after all these years. Stress and medicine can raise your blood sugar but in the beginning, stress lowered my blood sugar. In either case, eating on a regular schedule seemed to help the situation immensely so I could manage the stress at the time, either way. But I never figured out what made my body switch over the years. Some people eat more with stress and other people say "how can you eat at a time like this?" so the body response is pretty complicated. I am working on it. I am pretty blunt about my stress in my life. I stayed in my marriage until "death do us part" so my stress is now buried two miles north in the cemetery.
Every day I tell myself that he couldn't help himself and I forgive something. I am healing. I am learning. I am "not done yet." Dorisena

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Most of my stress is from my son. He and his family live next door. I think his history of drugs in his teens took its' toll on him in the form of dementia. He can't talk without anger and yelling. His siblings call him the scammer. He justifies how he treats me. Others tell me that he is very narcisstic . One of his daughters is also narcisstic, and all 3 have learning disabilities. These are toxic people.

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@mummy43

Most of my stress is from my son. He and his family live next door. I think his history of drugs in his teens took its' toll on him in the form of dementia. He can't talk without anger and yelling. His siblings call him the scammer. He justifies how he treats me. Others tell me that he is very narcisstic . One of his daughters is also narcisstic, and all 3 have learning disabilities. These are toxic people.

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I understand very well, mummy. I lived with it for 5 0 y ears but didn't know that it was toxic until the last few years when I studied on my new computer late at night. I lived through it because we had a very big house and he avoided me to punish me for not worshiping him and doing what he wanted when he wanted it done. I was meant to be his devoted slave because he was so special.
Yes, you can recognize dementia many times because the previous decent logic has been destroyed and he believes his lies.
Everything the children say and do, one of us taught them. So the daughter learned from her father, or didn't learn what she normally should have learned about life early on. Most say there is no cure because they believe they don't need to change. I won't tell you what to do about it. Any decisions you make will be better than what you are enduring. There is no pill for this. Dorisena

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@wisco50

I have a 9 yr old granddaughter with Type1 since she was not quite 7 years old. I worry about both her and rest of family – her brother is 10; both of their parents are RNs in a hospital (one in ER). I was a nurse also. I worry about all of them!

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@wisco50 I as a retired nurse feel for them I worry that none will come down with this that are on the front line and in ICU . When I hear one has died it tares me up My heart goes out to you I pray for both of them with you to be safe .

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Thank you! I fear for everyone who has a job dealing with the direct public right now!

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@wisco50

Thank you! I fear for everyone who has a job dealing with the direct public right now!

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@wisco Yes bless the delivery peoplr

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@dorisena

I understand very well, mummy. I lived with it for 5 0 y ears but didn't know that it was toxic until the last few years when I studied on my new computer late at night. I lived through it because we had a very big house and he avoided me to punish me for not worshiping him and doing what he wanted when he wanted it done. I was meant to be his devoted slave because he was so special.
Yes, you can recognize dementia many times because the previous decent logic has been destroyed and he believes his lies.
Everything the children say and do, one of us taught them. So the daughter learned from her father, or didn't learn what she normally should have learned about life early on. Most say there is no cure because they believe they don't need to change. I won't tell you what to do about it. Any decisions you make will be better than what you are enduring. There is no pill for this. Dorisena

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Yes, he does believe his own lies. He claims he is a holy Christian, and behaves like the devil lives in him. The daughter learned early in life, age 4, that if she screamed and cried and blamed it on someone else, she would be pacified. One time I told her to stop kicking the dog, and she ran to dad crying and telling him I hit her. He ran me into the ground mentally, because his kid does not lie. She still is doing this sort of behavior, and she's 22 and living with a boyfriend. Claims the whole place would fall apart without her. She should take second look………it fell apart long ago.

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@mummy43

Yes, he does believe his own lies. He claims he is a holy Christian, and behaves like the devil lives in him. The daughter learned early in life, age 4, that if she screamed and cried and blamed it on someone else, she would be pacified. One time I told her to stop kicking the dog, and she ran to dad crying and telling him I hit her. He ran me into the ground mentally, because his kid does not lie. She still is doing this sort of behavior, and she's 22 and living with a boyfriend. Claims the whole place would fall apart without her. She should take second look………it fell apart long ago.

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We can work on our physical health in many ways and for many years, but will probably not achieve the best success without addressing those mental health issues as well. These issues require a change in behavior and a willingness to live with each other in better understanding and harmony. Some mental health issues can be helped with medication and behavioral therapy, but the person needs to be willing to affect change in their lives, or live isolated. With diabetes, you are what you eat and no pills will adequately correct that.
My understanding of type 1 diabetes is that the body is permanently damaged and requires insulin to function well. A disease like this virus can damage the lungs. A person with mild type diabetes can eat well, exercise, and have good health, with discipline and effort.
I consider myself pretty well when I eat to keep my blood sugar numbers low and I exercise well. I have learned how to live well with others and have good mental health. A virus is something different entirely that can attack anyone and cause harm. I often say to people, "diabetes is not like measles" so they understand they can make changes and have better health. Many people see themselves as sick the rest of their lives and this is not necessarily true with type 2 diabetes. I stay isolated to avoid the virus. It is working well for me.
Of course I don't like it but my son is getting my groceries for me today so I stay away from the virus, to be safe. Doris

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I want to share that I have been working very hard in my little greenhouse which is warm and sunny, and lifting more than I usually do, being careful to rest often. I am behaving myself on my diabetic diet, and want to report that I am not having any neuropathy at all, day or night. I am not really losing weight but my pants are looser now, and I still struggle with having energy to do what I want to do outside. This program seems to be working for me without pills and doctors, who give me more pills than I can handle. My shoulders are better, even though the doctor says I am rubbing bone on bone. I only have a little pain in bed at night, so I change over to my other side. This sounds simple, but it is difficult to manage, but I like growing tomato plants in the greenhouse and will be giving my extras away to those who can't get out to get anything. I can't do it all anymore, but I can still do some of my hobbies. Dorisena

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@dorisena

I want to share that I have been working very hard in my little greenhouse which is warm and sunny, and lifting more than I usually do, being careful to rest often. I am behaving myself on my diabetic diet, and want to report that I am not having any neuropathy at all, day or night. I am not really losing weight but my pants are looser now, and I still struggle with having energy to do what I want to do outside. This program seems to be working for me without pills and doctors, who give me more pills than I can handle. My shoulders are better, even though the doctor says I am rubbing bone on bone. I only have a little pain in bed at night, so I change over to my other side. This sounds simple, but it is difficult to manage, but I like growing tomato plants in the greenhouse and will be giving my extras away to those who can't get out to get anything. I can't do it all anymore, but I can still do some of my hobbies. Dorisena

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Hi Dorisena, I'd appreciate knowning the details of the "program" you are on. I have idopathic peripheral neuropathy in my feet and am pre diabetic. I watch what I eat and my weight is actually less than what I should weigh for my size. Never smoked.
Thanks

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@dorisena

I want to share that I have been working very hard in my little greenhouse which is warm and sunny, and lifting more than I usually do, being careful to rest often. I am behaving myself on my diabetic diet, and want to report that I am not having any neuropathy at all, day or night. I am not really losing weight but my pants are looser now, and I still struggle with having energy to do what I want to do outside. This program seems to be working for me without pills and doctors, who give me more pills than I can handle. My shoulders are better, even though the doctor says I am rubbing bone on bone. I only have a little pain in bed at night, so I change over to my other side. This sounds simple, but it is difficult to manage, but I like growing tomato plants in the greenhouse and will be giving my extras away to those who can't get out to get anything. I can't do it all anymore, but I can still do some of my hobbies. Dorisena

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@dorisena I love your post, it's so positive sounding. I'm glad your shoulders are feeling better and what a bonus, that your pants are a bit looser. I wish I could say the same. I have really been working on being good this week with what I eat but I have still gained some weight. I am exercising at home but I guess it is not as effective as the exercises I do at my health club.
I wish I was close by to get some of those luscious home grown tomatoes!
JK

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