As the cold and flu season kicks into high gear, so too do concerns about getting sick, especially for diabetics, and those with a compromised immune system. Diabetics with flu or other communal infections (such as bacterial menengitis ) face an increased risk of severe infections and complications. Since I work at a public institution which educates tens of thousands of students, flu vaccines are mandatory. But as a diabetic for over 20 years, getting vaccinated is an easy choice no matter what. It's a no-brainer, for me anyway. Despite the fact that the influence diabetes has on the function of natural immunity has long been studied, different schools of thought exist when it comes to vaccinations. It's best to talk to your doctor or health practitioner about what course of action may be right for you. Personally, every endo and doctor I've ever had (and I've had mostly excellent ones!) has been pro-vaccination for me, in large part because of my Type 1 diabetes.
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For months the question has been whether we could gear up production of vaccine for the H1N1 flu virus -- formerly swine flu -- fast enough. Now that the first doses have reached some distribution centers this week, we have the answer to that question. This answer leads to the next question that we all have to face. Should we get the vaccine? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, says that people "at increased risk of severe illness" most need the H1N1 vaccine. One of these groups includes people with diabetes. This makes sense. Those of us who have diabetes can get very sick and may even have to go to a hospital. Our impaired immune system makes us more vulnerable to getting a bad case of the flu. Just getting sick can raise our blood glucose level. Then, it can stop us from eating right, and that further affects our blood glucose. In addition, most people who have diabetes are overweight. And weight itself can be part of the problem. People who have a body ma...
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Can exercise help you avoid colds and flus?
Exercise helps the disease-fighting white blood cells in the body move from the organs into the bloodstream.
Overall, you can improve your immune system by eating a proper diet, getting enough rest, reducing stress, and exercising regularly. This will decrease your chances of getting a cold or the flu.
Even if studies find that exercise doesn't prevent colds or the flu, exercise is good for overall health.
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