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COVID-19 WARNING FOR THOSE WITH CHRONIC DISEASES
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have an impact all over the world, 6 chronic diseases that are most affected by coronavirus have been highlighted by Turkey iHealth member Istanbul hospital Prof. Doctor, he made important recommendations.
The Covid-19 pandemic has many direct and indirect negative effects on those with chronic diseases. That is why the management of chronic and closely monitored diseases is extremely important. Internal Medicine Specialist Professor Doctor, gave the following recommendations on follow-up and treatment to those with chronic health problems during the pandemic process.
Diabetics who have contracted Covid-19 have a higher risk of developing the disease than other individuals. If the patient’s symptoms are severe, if he is over 65 years old and has heart, kidney disease due to diabetes, he should definitely contact a health center. A diabetic who finds out that he has a Covid-19 infection should consult with his doctor about the appropriateness of the medications he uses. All diabetics should receive the recommended vaccinations for Covid-19 on time, as well as receive reminder doses.
Covid-19 related to S of obesity is an important factor in the study examined the course of the disease, body mass index increases as severity of disease, complications such as increased respiratory treatment in the intensive care unit or connecting a device was observed. Although very strict diet programs are not recommended for obese patients during the pandemic period, it is recommended to follow a balanced diet, especially consisting of fresh vegetables and fruits, including healthy fats and proteins. With the prediction that the situation will get worse, exercise and healthy eating programs are very important to achieve the ideal weight before the fall.
Covid-19 infection may be worse in cancer patients, especially in patients of advanced age, receiving chemotherapy, having metastatic cancer, and in patients whose general condition is fond of it. The disease severely weakens the immune system, both of itself and of the drugs used. Cancer patients should be very careful during this period, when cases are increasing. In case of need in these patients, vitamins, minerals and supplements that can make the immune system strong should definitely be reviewed. Cancer patients should definitely be vaccinated in consultation with their physicians.
Covid-19 infection increases the frequency of asthma attacks. The vaccine can be administered to other asthma patients, except those who have an allergic reaction to vaccines and certain medications, as well as those who have a history of severe allergies. Regular use of existing medications should be continued in asthma patients, absolutely no breaks should be taken. Decongestant drugs should be used regularly in asthma patients. It is extremely important to use appropriate masks, maintain social distancing and pay attention to hand hygiene. In particular, children and asthmatic patients over the age of 65 should also be vaccinated for seasonal flu and pneumonia.
It is a common health problem that significantly affects the vital risk and disease severity for Covid-19 infection. According to current data, high blood pressure patients should keep their blood pressure under control during Covid-19 infection, and if there is no other reason, their current medication should be continued.
Vaccination, masks, distance, cleaning, avoiding stress, regular sleep, balanced nutrition, mineral and vitamin support are very important for hypertension patients.
Along with the heart, the coronavirus also affects the vascular system. It triggers the risk of heart attack. Heart patients, especially those who have open heart surgery, are more affected by the harmful effects of the coronavirus than healthy people. People who have heart problems should pay extra attention to masks, distance and cleaning measures. You should have flu and pneumonia vaccinations. Since some of the drugs used during Covid-19 disease may interact with existing heart disease treatment, treatment and vaccine planning should be carried out in coordination with the following physician.
Do not leave the measure out of hand
Chronic patients should especially pay close attention to the mask, distance and cleaning rules. He should definitely wear a mask in closed areas, no legal obligation should be sought for this. He should eat a balanced diet, eat fresh vegetables and fruits, get enough fluids, healthy fats and proteins. Mineral supplementation, especially zinc, is also important.
The level of vitamin D, which has a very important role in alleviating the severity of the disease, should be kept at the level of 60-80 ng/ml. He should stay away from stress and sleep at least 7 hours a day.