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Immunity and Diabetes

Immunity Issues With Diabetes, Prediabetes and Insulin Resistance (COVID-19 update)

Last updated: FEB 22, 2021

Diabetes makes it really hard to fight off germs and viruses. It's also common to have severe flu and virus symptoms, hospital stays AND longer recovery times.

Today we'll talk about Immunity and Diabetes and WHY immunity problems are likely happen and HOW you can boost your immunity. We'll also talk about if you can have immunity problems with Insulin Resistance and Prediabetes AND we'll talk about COVID-19 and Diabetes as well.


Germs and viruses can make you really sick if you have Diabetes. But why does this happen?

Diabetics Have Impaired Immune Response

Your immune system makes natural "killer cells" when germs and viruses invade your body.

Unfortunately...Diabetics don’t make ENOUGH of these killer cells...so that makes it harder to control the spread of invading germs and viruses.

(Basically, your immune system doesn't do what it's supposed to do...AND you get sicker than someone who doesn't have Diabetes.)

Even if your blood sugar is under control, you still have a higher risk of developing serious complications from a cold, flu or virus if you have Diabetes.

Inflammation Weakens Your Immune System

Remember those "killer cells" I mentioned above?

Killer cells can only do their job IF they can get to the spot in your body where the germ, virus or infection is!

With Diabetics that's a problem.

Why? High blood sugar and inflammation.

High blood sugar causes inflammation...which damages your blood vessels.

Damaged blood vessels aren't the greatest at getting those "killer cells" where they need to be (it’s like using a old garden hose that's cracked and leaks).

Inflammation from high blood sugar means you'll be more likely to get sick when germs or viruses invade your body.

Respiratory tract infections are much more common in Diabetics than in non-Diabetics. 

People with Diabetes are 6x more likely to need be hospitalized during influenza epidemics than non-diabetic patients.

Diabetes and Immunity - in the hospital

Do Insulin Resistance and Prediabetes Affect Immunity too?

Scientists think the answer is yes.

Research shows that people who are just Insulin Resistant or Prediabetic also seem to be deficient in launching a proper immune response to viral infections.

So, the reaction is similar to what happens with Diabetics.

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COVID-19 and Diabetes

COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a new, very infectious virus that is spreading all over the world. Over 111 million people have gotten the virus.

AND over 2.4 million people have died from it.

If you have Diabetes, a COVID-19 infection can be VERY serious.

About 20-50% of people who have VERY serious, life-threatening COVID-19 symptoms are Diabetics.

And sadly, Diabetics are more likely to die from COVID-19 too. (so it's very important you take action to keep your blood sugar and weight under control).

You can get help with getting on track in our ladies only Diabetes Prevention Healthy U Group! 

COVID 19 and Diabetes

Can People With Insulin Resistance, Prediabetes or Diabetes Boost Immunity?

Yes! For sure. It's NEVER too late!


Want to know your immunity score? Take the Immunity Score Test: CLICK HERE

Need Help Boosting Your Immunity?

The ladies in our Diabetes Prevention Healthy U Group work on these things EVERYDAY:

  • Boosting their immunity
  • AND getting their blood sugar and weight issues under control!

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About the Author Joan Pasay

As a Nutrition & Lifestyle Therapist I felt compelled to start Power In The Group. Why? To guide and support women like you with Prediabetes or Insulin Resistance so you can regain and nourish your health...without all the confusion. Together we can enjoy the richest quality of life for ourselves, with our families, and within our society...wanna come along?

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