You’ve likely heard the headlines that people with certain health conditions are much more likely to become ill with coronavirus, suffer respiratory failure, require mechanical ventilation, and die. The risk of dying may be up to 3- to 10-fold higher. Health conditions associated with greater risk include:
- Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- Obesity and overweight
- Coronary disease
- Lung disease such as COPD
- Fatty liver (probably)
Is there anything in common among these conditions that might explain the source of excessive risk?
Yes: insulin resistance. All the conditions listed above with the exception of lung disease are associated, even defined, by insulin resistance. Inflammation is another accompaniment of every condition listed: inflammation amplifies insulin resistance, insulin resistance amplifies inflammation.
Discussions in conventional circles therefore conclude that efforts such as insulin and other diabetes drugs to reduce blood sugar are in order—drugs that do not undo insulin resistance nor inflammation.
While you obviously cannot do so while critically ill, why not address the factors that allowed insulin resistance and inflammation to emerge in the first place while you are still well and do not have the virus? That is what my programs are exceptionally good at achieving.
If you have any indication of insulin resistance and/or inflammation, such as high blood sugars (100 mg/dl or greater; ideal is 90 mg/dl or less), high fasting insulin (greater than 4 mIU/L), HbA1c 5.5% or greater (ideal is 5.0% or less), high blood pressure, high triglycerides (certainly above 100 mg/dl; ideal is 60 mg/dl or less), fatty liver, C-reactive protein 3.0 mg/dl or greater (ideal is 1.0 mg/dl or less), or skin tags (benign brown-gray lesions that appear on the neck, face, chest and elsewhere), or “love handles” that accompany excess visceral fat, then insulin resistance is likely. After all, around 3 out of every 4 Americans has insulin resistance—it’s the rule, not the exception, the end result of disastrous dietary guidelines, misinformed healthcare providers, exploitative food companies, nutrient deficiencies, and now ubiquitous disruptions of the intestinal microbiome.
Can you reverse insulin resistance? Virtually always—and it’s easy, safe, and inexpensive. You can reverse insulin resistance by:
- Eliminating foods that trigger high blood sugars and high insulin levels—We therefore eliminate wheat/grains and sugars.
- Correct common nutrient deficiencies unique to modern lifestyles—Vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids (EPA + DHA), magnesium, iodine. This combination is wonderfully effective for helping reverse insulin resistance.
- Take efforts to cultivate healthy bowel flora—e.g., avoid genetically-modified foods containing glyphosate (that acts as an antibiotic) and Bt toxin; get off stomach acid-blocking drugs and anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., naproxen, ibuprofen, diclofenac); add a high-potency multi-species probiotic at the start; enthusiastic consumption of fermented foods; obtain a minimum of 20 grams of prebiotic fibers per day; address small intestinal bacterial and fungal overgrowth (SIBO, SIFO), if present. Recall that the endotoxemia of dysbiosis/SIBO is a powerful driver of insulin resistance and inflammation.
By adopting such strategies, not only do you hugely reverse insulin resistance and inflammation, you also lose weight, correct hormonal disruptions (e.g., low testosterone in men, high estrogen in women), normalize blood pressure, reduce potential for autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases, and feel better. Then throw in a little L. reuteri yogurt that likely reverses thymus involution and L. casei Shirota yogurt (or other food fermented with this species/strain) and enjoy markedly improved immunity against viral illnesses—no need for insulin injections, metformin, Farxiga, cutting saturated fat, or “everything in moderation.”