I hope that you have not had a case of COVID, but you may know someone who has. I wrote about this a number of months ago and wanted to give you an update on what we are learning about the long term affects of COVID, and they are not good.
The largest study yet published in The Lancet was recently released and here are the findings.
Six months after the participants got out of the hospital:
- 76 percent still had one or more symptoms
- 63 percent had fatigue/muscle weakness
- Insomnia, anxiety, and depression were common
- A significant number of participants still had lung abnormalities visible on computed tomography scan
- 13 percent had abnormal kidney function
The study looked at those who where average age of 57 years. The median follow-up time was six months after on-set of symptoms. Interestingly, previous research published in December 2020, has shown that the likelihood of developing #LongCovid is not related to the severity of symptoms and that it’s more common in the young than the old.
Though we don’t know exactly what is causing #LongCovid, research is suggesting it may be an autoimmunity response and nervous system dysfunction. In another recent study 44 percent had a positive anti-nuclear antibody (ANA) test result and 19 percent had a positive rheumatoid factor (RF) antibody test result. ANA antibodies are observed in patients with conditions like lupus and Sjögren’s syndrome, and RF antibodies are observed in patients with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis—all of which are autoimmune. Fifty-nine percent of patients with a positive ANA test result had at least one other autoimmune antibody present.
Other symptoms are showing up such as POTS. POTS leads to changes in involuntary nervous system functions, like heart rate and blood pressure—most often when moving from a seated or prone to standing position.
We are still in the early stages of understanding what COVID is doing in the body but most research points to inflammation being the culprit. COVID in it’s active state, creates a huge inflammatory response in the body, and in doing so it may be switching the body into an autoimmune state and/or damaging the nervous system.
In a previous newsletter I wrote about research that was being done with proteolytic enzymes. Proteolytic enzymes work differently than digestive enzymes when taken away from a meal. Proteolytic enzymes help modulate the inflammatory process by a variety of mechanisms, including reducing the swelling of mucous membranes, decreasing capillary permeability, and dissolving blood clot-forming fibrin deposits and microthrombi, clots in small blood vessels.. The research showed that #LongCovid symptoms where helped with proteolytic enzymes. My recommended product, based on this research, is Enzyme Defense Pro, by Enzyme Science. This is available in my on-line dispensary, Wellevate. You take these between meals to lower the inflammation caused by the damaged tissues.
If you know of anyone struggling with #LongCovid I would recommend the proteolytic enzymes, turmeric, omega 3 fish oils and a low inflammatory diet. Of course, each person is unique and some may require more immune boosting with things such as vitamin D3, vitamin C and Zinc.
I don’t write this to cause more fear (which causes more stress!) but it is important to be aware of in the long term, as COVID is still very active in our world. The most important thing is to not get COVID! Keep taking your immune boosting supplements, eating a low inflammatory diet, lowering your stress, exercise and getting good, quality sleep will all go a long way in preventing this disease.
Stay well my friend,