Is India prepared for a COVID-19 third wave?
Debjani M Arora
Senior Medical Content Writer, PG Diploma in Mass Communication and Journalism, BSc Physics, Mumbai University
- Posted On October 08, 2021
The question that looms over us right now is - whether or not a third wave will hit us. We have been speculating on this for a while now. Different healthcare bodies and ministries came up with different theories - Third-wave likely to happen in October-December 2021, the third wave could be deadlier than the first and second wave, the third wave might not hit us at all. In fact, from news sources, we learn that - “The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) told the Bombay High Court on Monday that it does not apprehend a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the city as the vaccination drive is going on smoothly, with over 42 lakh people fully vaccinated and over 82 lakh people having received the first dose.”
So what does this bit of news tell us? To withhold all precautionary measures? Go back to our days of being ignorant about self-care and hygiene? Well, the answer is NO. From our past experiences, we know it is difficult to predict how the virus will flare-up or if the curve will flatten. So, we should not become laxed or relaxed by any means.
Given that the festive season is around the corner, it is imperative to follow all the precautions and safety rules to the T. Wearing a mask and proper sanitation and hand hygiene still rules the roost when it comes to fighting the deadly COVID-19 virus. We should not forget how the second wave took us by surprise, especially for people who suffered from COVID and had related comorbidities like diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and other related ailments. Whether the third wave hits us or not, there are a few facts that we should not forget:
- According to the researchers, diabetes mellitus was significantly reported in over 50 percent of mucormycosis cases in India. In 2019, a study on mucormycosis revealed that 57 percent of patients had uncontrolled diabetes mellitus. This indicates that the fungus proliferates if your sugar levels stay high.
- People with diabetes are more likely to have severe complications from COVID-19 or when infected with any virus.
The take-home lesson for us is that better blood sugar control and keeping a tab on diabetes can help avert such serious implications and fight a virus attack. No matter what the authorities tell us, apart from following the standard guidelines, one should take special care to keep blood sugars under control and diabetes in check.
Apart from taking care of diet and following a proper exercise chart, enrolling in digital therapeutics or DTx programs can also help. A DTx program goes a long way in helping patients living with diabetes. In addition, it is beneficial for people who have severe blood sugar fluctuations or are diagnosed with prediabetes. Here are a few reasons for the same:
Proper blood sugar monitoring: Fitterfly’s DTx diabetes care program - Diabefly comes with CGMS or AGM device that painlessly monitors blood sugars for 14 days in response to food, activity, sleep patterns, and mood swings. This is effortless and accurate than pricking yourself throughout the day with a needle. This helps to track and tweak diet and behavior for better blood sugar control.
Therapy based on personal glycemic response: Personal glycemic response is the way your body reacts to different foods. In other words, how your blood sugars rise after you consume a particular food. Every person reacts differently to the foods they eat. In fact, no two persons will have the same glycemic response to the same food. So knowing which foods can increase your postprandial blood sugar levels can help coaches draft a personalised nutritional plan for better outcomes.
Boosting immunity: The readings taken are mapped with food and activity through special softwares, the AI-enabled data can also point to a deficiency in micronutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin A, E, C and D that can lead to low immunity. A lot of people with diabetes have these deficiencies putting them at risk. Correcting these deficiencies through nutrition can help develop immunity and ward off a virus attack.
Proper exercise and physical activity planning: Obesity and overweight are prime risk factors of diabetes and increases the risk of complications manifold. Taking control of weight management through scientific methods is the core of DTx programs. Trained professionals design exercises to ensure maximum output and minimum chances of injury.
Taking control of stress levels: DTx programs like Diabefly ensure a 360-degree approach to control blood sugars and keep them under control. Along with diet and exercise, even stress management is given equal importance to managing blood sugars. Prolonged stress can increase cortisol (stress hormone) levels which reduce the efficiency of the immune system to fight off infections and can lead to fluctuations in blood sugars. Proper counseling and education can help in this regard.
There can never be a linear approach to control blood sugar. Instead, it needs proper planning with scientific reasoning and a multidisciplinary action plan, and DTx programs promise all of that.
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