Recent reports are saying that this particular flu season will be a doozy. All of those particularly vulnerable to sickness are urged to get flu shots this season. Typically, this is includes children and the elderly, who both have somewhat weak immune systems.
Apparently, this also applies to those with diabetes.
People With Diabetes Definitely Need a Flu Shot
The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) reports that very few diabetics are regularly getting flu shots. However, people with diabetes don’t realize that they are at a greater risk for serious health complications due to the flu.
Others are fearful of major side effects of the flu shot, which are a natural part of the process.
People with diabetes are at a greater risk of developing serious complications if they end up with the virus. A flu shot is an easy and safe way to avoid those complications.
The Flu Shot Benefits People With Diabetes
The flu shot is widely available all over the United States. The process only takes minutes and paid for by medical insurance. While the side effects are super uncomfortable, they are far better than the complications that come with the flu virus.
Here are a few ways the flu shot benefits those with diabetes:
- More stable glucose levels. The flu and other illnesses can wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels. You are less likely to follow a healthy diet plan if you are sick with a virus, which can damage your delicate blood vessels. By avoiding the flu, you are ensuring that your blood sugar levels will remain stable.
- Avoid complications. People with diabetes and the flu are more likely to have serious flu-related complications, such as pneumonia.
- Improved immune system. The immune system weakens as we age. The same is true for people with diabetes. The flu shot strengthens the immune system so that you are better able to fight viruses and infections this flu season.
Don’t have your shot yet? There is still time. In the meantime, maintain good hygiene habits and wash your hands regularly!References
Chicago Tribune. URL Link. Retrieved October 17, 2017.