Living with diabetes has its challenges, but it can be especially difficult during a global pandemic. “With diabetes, you have a compromised immune system,” ER doctor Travis Stork, host of The Doctors and creator of the podcast The Travis Stork Show, tells Yahoo Life.
More than 34 million Americans have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and 88 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition where a person’s blood sugar is elevated, but not high enough to be considered diabetes.
Of the millions of adults who have diabetes, more than 7 million are undiagnosed, the ADA reports. “The most likely symptom is nothing,” Stork says. “It’s pretty scary.”
Now, Stork recommends that people “use this time to hit that reset button,” including eating a healthier diet, getting more active and working with your physician on taking the right medication. “You’ll have more power than you ever thought imaginable helping to control your diabetes,” he says.