Low carb lifestyle to improve health of population to cope with coronavirus pandemic

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We believe the evidence is strong to support the many health benefits of eating low-carb diets.

In fact, it may be more important now than ever to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a long-term healthy eating pattern. That means an eating pattern that provides essential nourishment and also keeps your blood sugar and weight in check.

It appears that individuals with type 2 diabetes and other metabolic conditions are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19. The evidence is clear that low-carb and ketogenic diets can be effective tools for treating and reversing these metabolic conditions.

While we can’t prove that low-carb nutrition boosts immune function per se, it makes sense to limit the conditions (e.g. high blood pressure or high blood sugar) that might make things worse.

In addition, one recent study showed that a keto diet reduces the risk for mice infected with influenza. That’s a far cry from saying a keto diet will do the same for influenza in humans or for COVID-19.

In short, the reason that this new coronavirus is spreading so rapidly and having such a significant impact on people around the world is that we lack immunity to it. Our immune systems have never seen it before.

The more actions we take to keep ourselves generally healthy, the better.

Good hand hygiene and social distancing can help prevent catching the virus. Doing what you can to reduce specific risk factors may help your body recover quickly if you do become exposed.

Even if you don’t become exposed, your overall health may benefit from the following:

Eating a nutritious diet that minimizes high blood sugar

Prioritizing restful sleep
Managing your stress
Stopping smoking
Participating in moderate exercise that you enjoy
Getting sunshine and fresh air where possible