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Fight Coronavirus As A Diabetic - Part 8

Don Mackintosh Allen Lloyd
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  • March 31, 2020
    3:00 PM
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[DON MACKINTOSH] Hi, I’m Don Mackintosh. Welcome back to our program. I’m joined in the studio again with Dr. Neil Nedley; he’s the president of Weimar Institute, a practicing internal medicine specialist, and you deal with, you know, people that have underlying conditions that end up in the ICU; you’re a hospitalist. In this COVID virus scare that we’re going through, we’re trying to boost immunity and whatnot, a lot of segments of society are just kind of being told, “Look, if you have underlying conditions, you’re toast.” You know, “You’re not going to make it,” “You’re old,” “You’ve got diabetes.” That’s not really a message of hope. Can we give any hope to people that have diabetes? What can they do to robust their immune system?

 

[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] Absolutely, and it should be mentioned that a lot of people with diabetes have actually survived COVID-19 and severe infections when they come their way, but these are people that are managing their diabetes well. And so, to do that, regular aerobic exercise is key. You know, staying off of sugar. Sugar actually suppresses the immune system. It can decrease the ability of a neutrophil to kill a bacteria by about 90 percent when we’re eating a high-sugar diet.

 

[DON MACKINTOSH] How much exercise?

 

[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] Exercise? We would recommend a total of one hour per day of aerobic exercise. More is even better, but that’s kind of minimum as far as getting a nice immune stimulation effect and bettering the sensitivities

 

[DON MACKINTOSH] Before or after a meal?

 

[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] It’s actually best pre-breakfast.

 

[DON MACKINTOSH] Okay.

 

[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] So, early morning exercise is the best, but post-meal exercise for, you know, 20 or 30 minutes is also good for a diabetic. So, if you can do an hour beforehand and maybe a good 20-minute digestive walk after a meal, that’s great.

 

[DON MACKINTOSH] And then no refined sugars.

 

[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] That’s right.

 

[DON MACKINTOSH] And then anything else? What else can we do for diabetics?

 

[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] Well, we can eat more legumes. Legumes are great for a diabetic. They help gain control. Even though they have carbs, they have soluble fiber, and that soluble fiber doesn’t produce that blood sugar spike. And so, we’re able to get our nutrients that way and able to avoid that spike in blood sugar.

 

[DON MACKINTOSH] So, things like lentils, things like beans, things like…

 

[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] Yes.

 

[DON MACKINTOSH] Those kind of things.

 

[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] Yes.

 

[DON MACKINTOSH] Beans for breakfast, even.

 

[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] Yes, or black-eyed peas, you know, those work very well, even, for breakfast. They’re more of a sweet legume, and it can be very helpful.

 

[DON MACKINTOSH] Okay, so that’s just basically what we’d tell any diabetic to be healthy, but especially during times of infection or whatnot. Anything else they can do?

 

[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] Well, being out in the sun, you know. Sunlight itself is immune stimulatory apart from its effects on vitamin D. And we know vitamin D is very good for our immune system, but since now you can get vitamin D from pills, there have been nice comparison studies showing that when we get our vitamin D from sunlight, it’s far more immune-enhancing. So, getting outdoors, getting that sun through the skin, getting the fresh air. Getting adequate rest, early to bed, early to rise gives you a better immune system overall. And then, not panicking about things.

 

[DON MACKINTOSH] Stress makes your blood sugar go up?

 

[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] Yeah, and it also suppresses the immune system. And a lot of people that are diabetics, they are panicking, and, you know, they’re staying indoors. They don’t even want to go outside their home, and that’s actually going to suppress their immune system. They need outside. They need to be getting sunlight. They need to be out in fresh air, getting exercise, and having that trust and confidence that staying on a NEWSTART lifestyle such as Weimar recommends will actually give them a great sense of security if they happen to come across some bad viruses.

 

[DON MACKINTOSH] So, I mean, I think that’s good news. People are just kind of tensing up because…Maybe turn off the TV, go outside, walk, eat the foods that have been suggested, watch this program again, and make a list, and just realize that, if you’re treating yourself right, you’re going to be in good shape. Anything else as we close?

 

[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] Well, I think I would say the spiritual part is also important. In fact, there have been studies done showing that when you are a believer, and when you have trust in God, and when you’re having a devotional life, there is a frontal lobe enhancement that actually affects the immune system positively. We call it neuroimmunology, and the frontal lobe is actually the control center of the entire immune system. So, that frontal lobe enhancement through even hymn singing or devotions or reading the Bible and claiming promises and asking God if you’re in compliance with the commands. These are things that are part of that final T – Trust in God – that can actually help us in our physical and mental health.

 

[DON MACKINTOSH] You heard it from the doctor, and I, as the chaplain here at Weimar Institute, totally agree. So, let’s get out there. Let’s get that exercise. Let’s do what’s recommended, and I know God’s going to bless it.

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