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As part of National Nutrition Month Newman, Regional Health registered dietitian Kathy Waters recently spoke with KVOE to highlight the correlations between proper nutrition and COVID-19.

According to Waters, over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have observed many patients who experience a difficult road to recovery are often simultaneously struggling with a nutrition-related disease. This includes obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

She explains the correlation has to do with inflammation.

Waters went on to say there is evidence to support that early nutrition intervention can, in some cases, speed up the healing process of respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19. Waters offered a few suggestions to help manage the previously mentioned nutrition-related diseases such as working towards a modest weight loss of five to ten percent, maintaining proper blood sugar levels and trying to adopt a more balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and healthy oils.

Waters adds residents need to be sure they are eating a proper amount of protein, but not excessive amounts.  If you have questions or would like to speak with a dietitian you can speak with your insurance provider or contact Newman Regional Health by calling 343-6800 extension 21802.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 09 March 2021 10:58