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Food & Drink

Prioritize healthy eating during COVID-19

When individuals are forced to live outside the norm, it can be easy to lose track of their routine, including what to eat.

"It is a very important time to maintain optimal control of your diabetes," said Jenny Thompson, certified diabetes care and education specialist at MercyOne Newton Medical Center. "Stress, inactivity and a stockpile of food can push blood sugar numbers up."

Signs of high blood sugar include increased thirst, blurred vision and fatigue.

"If these symptoms are present, don't delay contacting your health care provider," Thompson said. "If caught early, outpatient treatment can lower glucose levels with less medication and keep you out of the hospital."

Registered dietitians at MercyOne can help people navigate their food choices during the pandemic, while diabetes educators guide individuals to eat what they have on hand in better amounts to manage their glucose levels.

There are positives to being forced into a new routine.

"Now is a great time to start trying new recipes at home and learning about a healthy eating plan, such as a reduced-carb diet," Thompson said. "You can reach out to your diabetes care team for reputable resources to learn more. And if diabetes supplies are not available or affordable, companies are offering special coverage during the pandemic."

Contact your local experts by visiting MercyOne.org/newton or by calling 641-791-4303. Many precautions are in place to keep you safe including extra cleaning, requiring masks, continuing visitor restrictions and requiring temperature checks. Individuals are encouraged to call their provider’s office to find out if virtual visits are available and appropriate for their condition.

To learn more about MercyOne Newton, call 641-787-5433 or follow www.facebook.com/mercyonenewton.

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