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Mid-week Round-up Of Health News

One question I’ve heard people ask is if they had COVID-19, should they still get the vaccine. This study published by Science Advances found that people who have been vaccinated after recovering from a severe COVID-19 infection have greater protection against coronavirus variants such as the Delta variant than those who had milder illnesses.

Blood samples from those vaccinated against the virus, as well as those with severe enough infection to require hospitalization, still showed adequate immune response to fight off the new strains.

On the other hand, blood samples from those patients who had mild cases of COVID-19 oftentimes do not have enough antibodies to fight off viral variants and therefore would require a vaccine to boost their immune response.

The U.S. exceeded 40 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, with at least 649,134 virus-related deaths. If you are still wondering if you should take the vaccine, then this should answer your question.

Diabetes Relapse Following Bariatric Surgery

It is a known fact that weight loss can put diabetes into remission. This is the reason some patients undergo bariatric surgery, which helps them achieve the desired weight loss, thereby sending their diabetes into remission. However, one study shows that certain factors can cause a relapse to occur following bariatric surgery. These factors are: longer preoperative diabetes duration, higher preoperative hemoglobin (Hb)A1c, preoperative insulin treatment, female sex and less postoperative weight loss. The results of this study were presented at the 2021 annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

This would suggest that the sooner you get your diabetes under control through proper nutrition and exercise, the less likely you are to have bariatric surgery and face a possible relapse. Join my 21-day weight loss challenge and let me help you get started.

A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can send your life into a tailspin. It can leave you feeling alone and overwhelmed, but it doesn’t have to. Join my type 2 diabetes network group and get the help and support you need.