Why are 'healthy' people succumbing to COVID-19?

If you become infected with COVID-19, you have a better chance of recovery, without developing severe complications, by improving your metabolic health [1,2]. We already know that those with underlying conditions such as type 2 diabetes are more likely to experience difficulties [3,4,5].

diabetes 1326964 640There is growing evidence that the presence of metabolic risk factors significantly increases systemic inflammation [1]. Systemic inflammation increases the likelihood of COVID-19 related pneumonia, developing into acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). ARDS occurs when the lungs become overwhelmed by inflammation, the so-called 'cytokine storm' and effectively start to shut down. Those who develop ARDS usually end up in ICU and may be fatal.

Metabolic risk factors often precede the development of metabolic diseases such a type 2 diabetes, hypertension and obesity, for example[2]. They may include elevated blood glucose, HbA1c, high blood insulin, elevated C-reactive protein and others. You may have adverse blood values unknowingly, and before the diagnosis of an 'underlying condition', which may explain why many supposedly 'healthy' people are succumbing the virus[1].

The good news is that you can take steps to improve your metabolic health, thereby reducing systemic inflammation and improving your bodies immune function, vital to combating severe infection. The best way to start is to cut out all vegetable and seed oils from your diet, avoid or significantly reduce all sugars, and avoid processed food[1,2,6].

Exercise is also essential, frequently moving at a slow pace, preferably outdoors for 2-5 hours a week is recommended. 7-8 hours of quality sleep as well.

Alongside all the standard infection control measures, there is more that can be done to protect ourselves over the months to come. There is no better time to start making healthier lifestyle choices.

Keep well,



1. Fundamental health podcast: https://carnivoremd.com/how-coronavirus-kills-healthy-people-with-cate-shanahan-m-d/. 2020 Apr 13.
2. Shanahan C, Luke S. Deep Nutrition. Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food. Lawai: Big box books. 2016.
3. Guo W, Li M, Dong Y, Zhou H, Zhang Z, Tian C, Qin R, Wang H, Shen Y, Du K, Zhao L. Diabetes is a risk factor for the progression and prognosis of COVID‐19. 4. Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews. 2020 Mar 31.
4. Klonoff DC, Umpierrez GE. COVID-19 in patients with diabetes: risk factors that increase morbidity. Metabolism-Clinical and Experimental. 2020 Apr 7.
5. Yang J, Zheng Y, Gou X, Pu K, Chen Z, Guo Q, Ji R, Wang H, Wang Y, Zhou Y. Prevalence of comorbidities in the novel Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2020 Mar 12.
6.Fung J. The diabetes code: prevent and reverse type 2 diabetes naturally. Greystone Books Ltd; 2018 Apr 3.

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