People with diabetes are more likely to have serious complications from COVID-19. In general, people with diabetes are more likely to have more severe symptoms and complications when infected with any virus.~ American Diabetes Association
My Story: How NOT to Die from COVID Long Haul Anxiety, Heart and Diabetic Symptoms Impact COVID Recovery
08/24/2021: Stress aggravates Long Haul Patients. I am a COVID Long Haul Patient hospitalized nearly about 55 times in my 453 day journey with Severe Acute Respiratory System (SARS_COV2). From positive infection to negative test, I encountered serious illness and around 165 symptoms, many of which were not documented as associated with COVID at the time, but now are. Knowing when to seek help, or surrounding yourself by people who are positive guides to offset your “hospital weariness” when its practical and you are just plain tired of going.
Necessity has mandated i become expert in the drivers of my chronic long haul symptoms so I can elevate the conversation and promote actionable recovery around Long Haul Covid. Grateful to be free of over 130 some symptoms of Early Covid, but struggling with the symptoms and escalation of symptoms that remain. Apical Heart Defect, Kidney Stones, Diabetic shock.I truly was so frustrated in the inability to recover, depressed about the duration of feeling so very bad, and not knowing how to recover, acute anxiety over the emotional implications of loss of friends, jobs, and “social accusations of “faking illness”.
I finally got my blood pressure completely under control, but doctors had discovered an Apical Defect in my Heart, and my oxygen levels periodically drop for no reason and I can not get enough air to power through a routine day.
My last hospitalization last week August 16, was due to a particularly horrific attack that triggered Broken Heart related symptoms and Blood Sugar problems so severe (465) i was on stroke and heart attack treatment. For my 3 day duration of hospitalization i was on a heart monitor, getting blood tests to check for cardiac enzymes every few hours, I had diabetic blood glucose testing before and after every meal, and insulin shots. I received regular shots for heparin to prevent a heart attack.
My present theory for Long Haul Covid Patients, is that we need to follow a strong regimen for recovery at the symptom level and become aware of the new issues that we may not attribute to COVID, but come to realize it’s impediment to wellness or anything that looks like recovery.
- Acute anxiety is different than depression in its presentation and impact on COVID Long Haul Recovery
- One may draw direct correlation between Acute Anxiety and Diabetes Blood Sugar Events
- Acute Stress and Anxiety linked to broken heart events that mimic a heart attack brought on by a sudden rush of hormones, triggered from an extremely stressful event.
I was one of the many patients who discovered Sudden Type 2 Diabetes as a result of the Acute COVID19 case I was hospitalized on June 4, 2020 for Covid, Stroke, and Diabetes. What a shocking day that was, beginning my journey. I had sheltered at home for an entire month, after finishing an essential worker contract. I only left the house 2 times, both to get medical prescriptions for my children.
I could trace my exact place and cause of infection to May 28, 2020 at Walmart Pharmacy, less than 5 miles from my home. I wore a mask, safe social distanced, and all we knew to do at the time. I pushed a cart however and deposited the virus from the cart to my mask. The store was hot, the line at the pharmacy was long. While i waited in line, overheating, I pulled the mask from my face. It took one week from May 28 to June 4 for the virus to manifest in epic proportion.
Increased Risk that COVID is increasing the risk of Sudden Diabetes
High blood sugar reduces the body’s ability to fight infectious illness by weakening the immune system. The presence of diabetes increased the probability of more serious complications or mortality. WebMD reported of all people hospitalized with Severe Covid, 25% were determined to also have diabetes.
Diabetes, Acute Anxiety, and cardiac issues may be linked to a number of the 98 persistent symptoms reported by COVID long Haulers.
Harvard Medical released a publication, “What you need to know about COVID, if you have Diabetes“. Since COVID was identified, patients with existing cases of Diabetes were advised to take precautions to avoid the known risks associated with a diabetic patients risk of suffering a more severe case of COVID, compared to someone without Diabetes. Most Diabetes patients have been dealing with Diabetes long enough to have some familiarity, and knowing how to reduce your risk of COVID impact.
The new challenge is “What do you need to know about DIABETES if you contract it during from COVID”? For the COVID patient with sudden undiagnosed pancreatic, digestive, blood sugar related issues it seems more of a challenge. They don’t know COVID, they don’t know Diabetes, the do know a host of medical challenges, and instead of attributing to COVID or Diabetes, the challenge for these patients are “what do they do about it? “
Today’s long haul patient may experience up to 200 related symptoms. With the overall sense of discomfort and debilitating symptoms herein lies the challenges:
- How do we endure or manage the painful symptoms without drug dependence or adverse effects?
- What lifestyle changes can we make to reduce the symptoms and live more comfortably , while recovering?
- How do we reduce stress when Covid symptoms exacerbate anxiety. How do we embrace wellness and recovery?
Connection between Psychological Anxiety and COVID Health
COVID Patients with Sudden Diabetes
The National Institute of Health (NIH) found that SARS-CoV-2 can infect human beta cells took place in two notable studies to discover more about the connection between COVID-19 and diabetes. NIH-funded teams, one led by Shuibing Chen, Weill Cornell Medicine, Manhattan, NY and Peter Jackson, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA
Weill Cornell Medicine findings
- SARS-CoV-2 infection results in higher chemokine and cytokine cell stress signals with increased morbidity risk.
- Covid infected beta cells slowed insulin production inducing alpha and acinar cell markers cellular transdifferentiation.
- When COVID attacks the brain or lung, there’s ample surface area for bloodstream impact and pancreas and kidneys
- COVID attacks the pancreatic insulin producing cells that deliver, a critical hormone for regulating blood-sugar levels
- SARS-CoV-2 suppresses insulin secretion and in acute cases, killed the pancreatic beta cells.
Can Covid 19 Cause Diabetes? New Diabetes cases are linked to COVID-19
Resources for COVID Diabetes Management
- 3 Most Common Symptoms of Undiagnosed Diabetes (eMedicine Health)
- 10 Silent Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes You Might Be Missing (TheHealthy)
- Anxiety Signs and Strategies for Management of Stress and Diabetes (Everyday Health)
- Checking and Maintaining your Blood Sugar Levels (American Diabetics Association)
- Covid 19 Symptoms for Diabetic Awareness (GoodRX HealthiNation)
- Diabetic Diagnosis and Treatment (Mayo Clinic)
- Diabetes Diet: Eat this/Not That for Type 2 Diabetes (MedicineNet)
- Diet: Diabetes & Heart Healthy Meals For Two (American Heart Association)
- Emergency: Diabetic emergencies: Warning signs and what to do (MedicalNews Today)
- Emergency: When Should A Diabetic Go To The Emergency Room
- Type 2 Diabetes and Silent Heart Attacks (webmd.com) (WebMD)
- High Blood Sugar, Diabetes and your Body (WebMD)
- How COVID impacts people with Diabetes (American Diabetes Association)
- Medical Tests for Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes (Centers for Disease Control)
- Meditation & Diabetes Management (Diabetes Self Management)
- Symptoms of Diabetes (Centers for Disease Control)
- Symptoms: Diabetics must Know the Warning Signs of a Silent Heart Attack (Professional Diabetes.org)
- Understanding Diabetes (American Diabetes Association)