There has been so little talk about taking care of yourself during this pandemic. The CDC with the help of facebook and youtube are actively censoring anyone who dares talk about... vitamin D (the horror!
). You could be in perfect health, have bad luck and die of the corona virus anyways but it doesn't hurt to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, take some vitamin supplements and get quality sleep each night. These things add up. They will help you in a fight against the virus. I'm far from perfect but I at least try to do those 4 things. So many Americans don't even try. The media doesn't talk about it. Our government doesn't talk about it. It's sad. Here's the beginning of an article about the American diet.
In Italy, the average age of death due to COVID-19 was 81, according to a Lancet study. But the data already show that age alone is not the sole indicator of COVID susceptibility. In fact, what we’re seeing in each new study that comes out is just how much of this virus is about weakened metabolic systems.
On average, people dying from coronavirus have 3.7 chronic conditions, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, according to a recently published NIH study. Similarly, a study in the UK found that 73% of COVID ICU admissions were overweight, a condition linked to those conditions just listed.
While age (particularly, those over 80 years) is the number one precursor for severe COVID complications, weight is almost (if not equally) as important. In the US today, more than 4 in 10 Americans are obese. That statistic does not account for those who are overweight, which now accounts for a majority of the American population. By 2030, it’s estimated that half the US population will be obese.
Perhaps the most dire of any statistic is this: only 12% of Americans are metabolically healthy. Only 1 in every 8 people in the US today lives with optimal levels of blood glucose, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, blood pressure and waist circumference, without any need for medications.
The situation is dire.
And yet, none of this should be surprising, considering over half of the US diet consists of ultra-processed food. Herein lies the COVID-19 problem: it’s our collective diet (of processed foods) that’s killing us.