Eating less sugar may reduce risk and symptoms of Covid-19

Reducing the amount of sugar that you consume during the coronavirus crisis may lower your risk of getting the disease, says a professor of medicine. AND it can limit the severity and complications if you are infected.

Dr Adam M Brufsky is Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He traces a direct connection between the acute breathing distress that characterises severe reactions to the virus and high levels of sugar in the blood (called hyperglycaemia).  

People who reduce blood sugar levels through diet and exercise are likely to “help control the severity and potentially the spread of the disease”

states Dr Brufsky in an article in the Journal of Medical Virology, published 15th April 2020

The conclusion is not surprising, because numerous other researchers have shown that people with Type 2 diabetes, which is distinguished by high blood sugar levels, are in the high-risk Covid-19 category.

Everyone should cut down on sugar …

However, it’s not just people with diabetes or pre-diabetes who should cut down on sugar. We all should. High levels of glucose in the blood can trigger a dangerous inflammatory condition called a cytokine storm – which is a key factor in Covid-19 deaths.

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While some foods are obviously high in sugar – like sweets, cakes and biscuits – a lot of it is ‘hidden’ by manufacturers. In fact, there are 61 different names for sugar listed on food labels! Just some of the most common are:

  • fructose
  • sucrose
  • glucose
  • agave
  • corn syrup
  • maltose
  • dextrose
  • barley malt
  • rice syrup
  • lactose
  • and, when they are being honest, sugar.

The result is that an astonishing 74% of packaged foods contain sugar! There is sugar in energy bars, smoothies, bread, soups, sauces, ketchup, sausages, tinned beans, lasagne, flavoured yoghurt, breakfast cereals.

As a result, we now eat about 20 times more sugar than 100 years ago. UK adults weigh in with an average of 21kg (47lb) of sugar consumed per year.

So reduce your sugar intake over the next weeks and months, but also pro-actively support your immune system.

The desire for sugar (as with salt) adapts fairly quickly to changes in intake. If you start to eat less, you will want less, and pretty soon, foods laden with sugar taste horribly over-sweet.

… and support their immune systems

Ensuring that your immune system is as strong as possible has never been more important.

We know that adequate sleep, the nutrients zinc, beta-carotene, vitamins A, C, E and D3, and Omega 3 are all critical, as is regular exercise.

But one natural compound has been rated by independent researchers as the ‘best’ of all the ‘immuno-modulators they tested. Derived from yeast, it’s called 1-3, 1-6 beta glucan and you can see how it works here -see