weekly blog--one for the ages
“Senior shopping hour” at the local Wegmans starts at 7 am. Its intended to limit potential exposure to COVID-19 for the most vulnerable like me. Who would have thought that after countless bike rides, walks and swimming laps, that COVID-19 would reveal just how unhealthy I am, and how much I am at-risk from the virus.
Last week, I took my annual blood test. It revealed that I have been eating too many carbs of late, and now have a high blood sugar count to coexist with high cholesterol and high blood pressure which are pharmaceutically under control.
The sad reality is that 75 percent of Americans are overweight, more than 42 percent are obese, and that 94 percent of deaths from COVID-19 are in those with an underlying age-related chronic disease, mostly caused by excess body fat.
With that said, I switched to a low carb diet to reduce my blood sugar level, and with a summery feel in the air, I plan to do lots more mask-wearing outdoor exercise. But when it comes to going food shopping, standing inline with other seniors at 7 in the morning is not for me. I plan to sleep late, and will take my chances shopping whenever we run low on food. And so far with rare exception, the lines have been short, and the items I need haven’t yet been picked over.