Tackling diabetes on a shoestring budget with COVID-19 ever present

About 34 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes. It is the seventh leading cause of death in our…

About 34 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes. It is the seventh leading cause of death in our nation. Individuals with uncontrolled diabetes are among the groups most at risk of experiencing severe reactions to COVID-19. The pandemic has forced businesses to close or lay off employees impacting the ability of families to make their incomes cover housing, food and medicine.

How can families continue to make healthy options when some are limited to shopping at a nearby dollar store? 

Manoj Singh, MD, assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Cincinnati and UC Health physician, is part of a group of physicians working to educate Ohio residents about healthy food options in the midst of COVID-19. He spoke with Fox 19 about efforts to assist residents battling diabetes.

The Ohio Diabetes Consortium recognizes there is a strong correlation between cardiovascular disease and diabetes and aims to tackle both with healthful living. It has recruited physicians from seven Ohio medical schools including UC.

To make that dollar stretch in the midst of COVID think about using dried or canned foods though some preparation is needed before eating. Rinsing the canned fruit can remove extra sugar, while rising and roasting canned vegetables can remove salt and improve flavor.

Unsalted nuts make a high protein snack, while eggs, canned tuna and canned chicken are inexpensive sources of protein at mealtime.

Get moving because exercise improves physical and mental health.  If you are comfortable walking in your neighborhood it’s an alternative to the gym and cheaper. Walking 30 minutes daily is a good start. Exercise can also be done from your home.  There are virtual classes for activities such as yoga and certain exercises to improve balance and strength for individuals with limited mobility.

Listen to Dr. Singh’s interview with Fox 19.