The twindemic threat- when COVID-19 and Influenza cross paths.

A twindemic refers to the possibility of a severe flu season coinciding with a surge in COVID-19 cases. Healthcare providers are concerned that the medical system will be overloaded trying to care for both COVID-19 and flu patients at once. While a vaccine for the COVID-19 is being heavily researched by several companies at this time, there is no confirmed date for the release of a coronavirus vaccine. Conversely, the influenza vaccine is readily available on an annual basis. The medical community is strongly encouraging the public to get the influenza vaccine this season, so as to lower the risk of infection overall. This will also lower the risk of spread of the influenza virus, and lower

Diabetes and weight loss during the pandemic

The general population, as a whole, is dealing with a surprising “side effect” of the current pandemic: unexpected weight gain. Many people are reporting gains of 10-15 pounds, jokingly referred to as the “quarantine 15”. This unintentional gain is most likely due to the disruption in our daily routine habits, and can have a negative effect on one’s overall health and well-being. For persons with diabetes or other chronic health conditions (such as heart failure, high blood pressure), this weight gain can adversely affect both blood glucose and blood pressure readings. Take time now to address your current daily routine and figure out the best ways to incorporate lifestyle changes that will

Diabetes and Heart Failure

According to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org), “People who have Type 2 diabetes, characterized by elevated blood sugar levels, are two to four times more likely to develop heart failure than someone without diabetes”. Furthermore, it is believed that the chronic medical condition known as heart failure may also be a risk factor for diabetes. Medical care must focus on both conditions simultaneously to maximize the overall quality of health while lowering risk factors and long-term complications. Type 2 diabetes is currently considered a global epidemic. In the United States alone an estimated 30 million people had diabetes as of 2015. By the year 2035, diabetes is expected to a

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