We’ve all read and watched countless sources who make the point that people with comorbidities like diabetes run the highest risk of doing poorly with a Covid-19 infection. But then the analysis stops and often moves on to other points that have been covered ad nauseam in the coronavirus media coverage.
It’s at this point that I’m looking for a discussion that might include some of the things that give me hope in the face of this pandemic. What about nutrition status? What about blood sugar control, obesity status, sleep quality, and stress management? These are the things that give me hope but almost no medical stories cover these topics.
I just watched Dr. Mark Hyman interview Dr. Elizabeth Boham, both functional medicine physicians. Functional medicine doctors like to take a broader view of sickness and health. They seek to target the root cause of illness and not just throw a prescription at a symptom and then lose all interest in the underlying cause of sickness.
Early on in this video, Dr. Hyman tells about the ongoing professional debate in the late 19th century between Louis Pasteur, credited with breakthrough vaccinations and founder of “germ theory”, and Claude Bernard. Bernard believed that the health quality of the host is the determinative aspect of how well anyone does when exposed to a germ. He argued that the “biological terrain” was much more significant than the germ itself. Simply put, “it’s the host that matters most.”
I heard two new terms in this discussion that give me hope for our community: immuno-resilience and immuno-rejuvenation. These terms recognize that we, as people with the significant comorbidity of diabetes, can actually fight back and tip the scales in our favor when it comes to not only surviving this pandemic but also improving the quality of our health in the longer run.
This 36-minute YouTube video answers many of the questions that almost every other story on this topic ignores. How can we, as people with diabetes, improve our chances of survival when threatened with Covid-19? Turns out, there’s much we can do and changes we make today can immediately improve our immuno-resilience. We’re talking days and weeks, not months and years.