COVID-19, NCDs, and Nutrition
COVID-19 is a transmittable viral disease. Research has shown that people living with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like cancer, obesity, diabetes, and heart diseases appear to be the most “at-risk” and are more vulnerable to the negative effects of the virus. Newly diagnosed individuals must immediately seek multidisciplinary management and a team that comprises a Registered Dietitian.
Healthy nutrition plays a key role in suppressing complications from NCDs. Like the saying goes “each time you eat something you are either feeding a disease or fighting it”. There is a higher tendency that with healthy diets and lifestyle, the impact of diseases will be significantly reduced, especially one with fruits and vegetables. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a “nutrition infodemic” as well. Across countries and communities, a lot of information on nutrition and diet therapy is being spread, only very little are evidence-based, leaving the most vulnerable populations confused about what to eat or drink to maintain health and wellbeing.
In order to scale up access of people living with NCDs to dietetic services, Diet Tech Africa provides a platform where Africans (who make up a large number of the vulnerable group) living with or at risk of NCDs can have virtual consultations with a Registered Dietitian as well as access to evidence-based nutritional counseling and diet therapy regardless of location and time zone. Connect with us here.