Whether you believe that the Coronavirus was a Chinese bio-attack on the West, an American bio-attack on China that backfired, a worldwide conspiracy by the WHO and the Gates Foundation to steal our freedom or simply a naturally occurring pandemic, there are at least a few objective truths that have emerged in the last three months. One of them is that diabetics have a greater chance of death than the general population.
Interestingly, this new study argues it isn’t diabetes per se that leads to a greater mortality rate. Instead, diabetics have more underlying health problems than the population as a whole. Above all, the amount of fat one is carrying (high Body Mass Index) seems to be the most important factor leading to death. Diabetics are fatter than the general population.
This confirms what I’ve been thinking about for the last couple of months. To wit, was it the diabetes that put diabetics at greater risk or was it general health and lifestyle? Put another way, a lot of Type-2 diabetics got that way due to poor diet and lifestyle (myself included). Was their continued poor diet and lifestyle resulting in the greater risk to Covid-19? According to the study linked above, the answer seems to be yes.
I’m not worried about the virus: I’m in good shape; I’m under ten percent body fat; I don’t smoke; I eat healthily; and I exercise a great deal. Nevertheless, I think there are ways to limit the chances of contracting diseases beyond living a healthy lifestyle. There are a lot of supplements out there that purport to boost one’s immune system. The science on the efficacy of supplements is always disputed, but I take quite a few of these nonetheless. Why? If they don’t work, and they don’t have side effects, the only thing I’m hurting is my bank balance.
One supplement that has received a lot of attention in the last ten years or so is vitamin D3. It’s really hit the headlines in the last fortnight as a possible defence against Covid.
Joe Rogan and Dr Rhonda Patrick had a good discussion on vitamin D a couple of weeks ago: