7 lifestyle modifications to minimize the adverse effects of COVID-19

Since the initial outbreak, physicians and scientists have learned that infections with SARS-COV-2, severe enough to require hospitalization, can elicit an over-activation of the immune system. The inflammation can become severe enough to cause extensive organ damage, but the degree of damage may not be known or recognized for weeks to months after recovery.

In an effort to mitigate the potential damage, some hospitals have employed strategies to intervene. Mitchell A. Miguel, MD, MHA, a hospitalist and frontline worker at TriHealth Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, told me that as a standard of care he provides, hospitalized COVID patients requiring oxygen, with dexamethasone, a steroid, and nutritional supplementation. Both interventions have the capability to decrease inflammation.

7 lifestyle modifications to minimize the adverse effects of COVID-19 — https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2021/02/7-lifestyle-modifications-to-minimize-the-adverse-effects-of-covid-19.html

To continue reading this article follow the link above (I hope it works!). This list of seven lifestyle mods is pretty much common sense. But the list is useful even if only a reminder to do the things we should be doing to stay healthy. Take a guess what lifestyle mod sits at number one on this list? Diet.

Insect Butter

According to the researchers, consumers notice no difference when a quarter of the milk butter in a cake is replaced with larva fat. However, they report an unusual taste when it gets to fifty-fifty and say they would not want to buy the cake.

Read the Reuters article here.

Entomophagy is the word for eating bugs.

Not coming to the US anytime soon.

 

Google’s Quest To Develop A Plant-Based “Power Dish” More Popular Than Meat

“It’s moving people along a continuum, whether people are eating red meat every day and you ask them to start eating a little more white meat, or they’re already on a white meat kick and it’s a little bit more seafood, or moving even further along to alternative proteins or produce. You can’t expect everyone to start loving lentils day one,” Giambastiani says. “Some do, most don’t. What you’re trying to do instead is get people to think about that continuum.”

Source: Google’s Quest To Develop A Plant-Based “Power Dish” More Popular Than Meat

Google?  Wow.

Diet Drinks Linked to Increased Stroke and Dementia Risk

“We found that people who drank at least one can of diet soda each day had a 3 times increased risk of stroke and dementia than those not drinking any such beverages.”

Source: Diet Drinks Linked to Increased Stroke and Dementia Risk

Source: Do Diet Sodas Pose Health Risks?

Observational study and the researchers are quick to note the study findings do not prove cause and effect.  There also may be an element of reverse causality.

I personally do not drink any sugar or artificially sweetened soft drinks.

I do drink a ton of coffee.

Plant protein may protect against type 2 diabetes, meat eaters at greater risk — ScienceDaily

Men with a high intake of plant protein also had healthy lifestyle habits, but lifestyle habits alone did not explain their lower risk of diabetes. The risk of men with the highest intake of plant protein to develop type 2 diabetes was 35 per cent smaller than the risk of those with the lowest intake of plant protein.

The researchers also discovered an association of a high intake of meat with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes. The strongest association was seen in the consumption of meat in general, including processed and unprocessed red meat, white meat and variety meats. The link between eating meat and having a higher risk of diabetes is likely caused by other compounds found in meat than protein, as meat protein was not associated with the risk of diabetes.

Source: Plant protein may protect against type 2 diabetes, meat eaters at greater risk — ScienceDaily

Nothing to Do With Food

This post has nothing to do with food.  When I was a kid my Dad drove a beat up Chevy.  It was a sixties type of car, not real fancy but got us from Point A to Point B.  Dad literally drove that thing until it fell apart.  Ten years ago I bought a 2006 Ford Taurus used with 15,366 miles on the odometer.  I wanted a reliable car that I could drive until it fell apart.

The manager at the local auto shop I use told me this car was the best 06 Taurus he had ever seen.  I said no.  I told him this was the best 06 Taurus he’ll ever see.  The CD player just might keep and never spit out your CD.  Every now and then the fan for the AC sounds like Tweety Bird.  But I just got the car back from the shop after its 60,000 mile maintenance.

I plan on driving this thing until it falls apart but I might not live that long.