According to the data of the World Health Organization (WHO), while there are 60 million diabetics in Europe, this number is increasing day by day. WHO underlines that factors such as physical inactivity, especially nutrition, trigger diabetes. Warning about the increasing weight gain throughout the world during the pandemic period, Öğr. Dr. Babek Tabandeh stated that the high blood sugar values of a person with diabetes generally suppresses the defense system that protects people against diseases and reduces resistance against all kinds of infections.
UNCERTAINTY AND STRESS ARE NEGATIVELY AFFECT
Stating that obesity invites the risk of diabetes and causes a germ-free inflammation in the human body on its own, Tabandeh said, “Due to the pandemic, an average increase in the body weight of the society and thus exceeding the ideal weight and even exceeding the obesity limits is a fact observed in all countries for the last 1 year. Since the increase in obesity directly triggers type-2 diabetes, it is possible to say that coronavirus indirectly increases the rates of obesity and diabetes. When the stress situation due to malnutrition and uncertainty in the future is added to this, a more distressing situation may occur. “Severe treatments, including steroid-type drugs used in patients with severe infection, are life-saving, but can lead patients to uncontrolled diabetes or a more advanced stage of diabetes.”
“COVID-19 CRUSHERS BROKEN”
Stating that obesity has not been observed to have an effect on the risk of death among patients hospitalized in intensive care units due to respiratory tract infections for years, however, this situation has changed with the pandemic. Babek Tabandeh used the following statements:
“The Kovid-19 infection also broke this routine. Among the causes of death of patients hospitalized in intensive care due to respiratory failure due to Kovid-19 infection, the formation of small clots as a result of inflammation (inflammation) in small vessels and disruption of oxygen transport function due to vascular occlusion. This inflammation is always very high in obesity patients, and therefore, our patients with COVID-19 infection and obesity problem are more likely to experience respiratory problems that require intensive care. Unfortunately, mortality rates are higher among Kovid-19 patients with obesity problem who are taken into intensive care with the same logic. “
THE EFFECT OF STRESS FACTORS INCREASED IN THE PANDEMIA
Stating that according to the data of the World Health Organization, the number of diseases caused by obesity is close to 200. Tabandeh said, “For example, fear of death, fear of being unemployed, economic stress, being trapped in a confined space, night and day cycle and changing the rhythm of life can cause obesity by triggering the secretion of stress hormones. All of the stress factors listed above are common problems of society in the pandemic environment. Not only do we mold more pastries at home and eat more or the closure of gyms, but also the deterioration of the rhythm of our lives, the increase of stress and uncertainty are also very effective factors in the increase of obesity.
“IT IS IMPORTANT TO REDUCE CONCERN AND ANXIETY”
Listing the things to be considered about obesity and diabetes, Dr. Tabandeh finally stated the following:
“Although it is generally recommended to start work by regulating nutrition, we should remember why we spoiled our nutrition during the pandemic process and focus on this issue. I think it should be the first step to have sufficient and accurate information about the Kovid-19 infection, to get rid of empty fears, to get rid of unnecessary obsessions while taking adequate precautions using science and logic, and not to restrict life in an exaggerated way. Of course, we must comply with the restrictions, never break the rules, and we will continue to fight the virus and take measures to protect ourselves, our immediate environment, loved ones and indeed all humanity. However, taking fresh air, being in nature during legal hours by paying attention to social distance, increasing mobility even when we are at home, and regulating nutrition are some of the measures that can be taken. It will also be important to restore the rhythm of day and night, sleep well at night and get up early in the morning, remove artificial foods, additives, preservatives and all unnatural products from our shopping lists. It would be very effective to reduce or even remove foods with high calories (undoubtedly the most important carbohydrates, namely sugary, flour and starchy foods) in our daily nutrition program. Anxiety and anxiety increase the secretion of stress hormones. Exercise is a very effective way to regulate this. In other words, mobility and regular sports not only burn calories, but also regulate the weight control center to lose weight by reducing stress hormones.