The Amer­i­can had long suf­fered from seri­ous ill­ness­es, which con­tributed to com­plex treat­ment for coro­n­avirus, but took charge of his health.

The ill­ness left Idem, 50, of Michi­gan, mis­er­able for more than a month. He strug­gled with a ter­ri­ble cough, extreme fevers and chills, and an inabil­i­ty to con­cen­trate on any­thing. “If you help me get through this, I’m going to change my life,” Ide­ma prayed. He told Mlive.com about his expe­ri­ence.

Don’t self-med­icate! In our arti­cles, we col­lect the lat­est sci­en­tif­ic evi­dence and opin­ions from respect­ed health experts. But remem­ber: only a doc­tor can make a diag­no­sis and pre­scribe treat­ment.

Misfortune never comes alone

Obe­si­ty and dia­betes are among the most com­mon con­di­tions in patients hos­pi­tal­ized with COVID-19. Over­weight peo­ple tend to have much weak­er immune sys­tems than their health­i­er peers. They also tend to have an increased risk of not only severe COVID-19, but also heart dis­ease, stroke, type 2 dia­betes and some can­cers.

Doc­tors hope the pan­dem­ic has inspired many to make smarter nutri­tion and fit­ness choic­es. This will allow you to bet­ter resist virus­es and var­i­ous infec­tions.

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Drastic changes

It took time for a Michi­gan man to make the lifestyle changes nec­es­sary to become health­i­er. After recov­ery, he began see­ing a nutri­tion­ist. He also joined a pilot pro­gram for a mobile app that helps plan meals and mon­i­tor blood sug­ar lev­els. The pro­gram allowed you to con­tin­ue eat­ing your favorite foods, but at the same time adjust­ed por­tion sizes and offered health­i­er options to replace your usu­al foods.

This way the man could iden­ti­fy foods that he should avoid. And the nutri­tion­ist taught Ide­ma how to com­bine foods so that they bring max­i­mum ben­e­fits.

Instead of giv­ing up sand­wich­es, the man switched to low-calo­rie bread. Ide­ma began replac­ing ground beef with ground turkey, which he believes is a bet­ter option with min­i­mal change in fla­vor.

Simple Actions for Big Changes

The man also start­ed walk­ing every day. At first it was a “chal­leng­ing” 15 min­utes a day. Then the morn­ing walks “stretched” for 3–5 kilo­me­ters.

“When I start­ed, my right knee hurt real­ly bad and I couldn’t walk very far,” Ide­ma said. How­ev­er, every­thing went well with dai­ly prac­tice, now 4 kilo­me­ters for a man is “a mere tri­fle.”

When Ide­ma was diag­nosed with COVID, his weight was almost 155 kilo­grams, now he is about 105. His type II dia­betes is also in remis­sion. The most impor­tant thing, accord­ing to the man, is the changes that he made to his dai­ly rou­tine and will be able to main­tain for the rest of his life.

“I real­ized that the body is capa­ble of amaz­ing things,” Ide­ma said. When he began to eat in such a way that the body “healed” itself, changes were not long in com­ing. And walk­ing became, in the man’s words, “the icing on the cake.”

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