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UPMC Seeing Other Diseases on the Rise

We’ve lived COVID-19 for nearly a year and health experts are now saying getting the virus shouldn’t be your only concern. Randy Grabill, a dietician with UPMC Altoona, says he’s seen an increase of patients with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Grabill says people haven’t moved around as much as they did before the pandemic started with stay at home orders and gyms being closed on and off. You may have also ordered a little more take out or enjoyed your favorite comfort foods more than usual, Grabill says all of that might have caught up to you.

“We’re always familiar with the term freshman 15 for people that go to college, well this has been 2020 has been known as the year of the quarantine 15,” said Grabill.

It’s not too late to turn things around, Grabill says to get started set realistic health goals and take steps to eat more unprocessed foods and stay active. Small changes Grabill says can lead to big results, and a healthier lifestyle Grabill says can boost your immune system which is very important during the pandemic.

It’s also important to stay up to date with doctor visits and procedures. Throughout the pandemic Grabill says people have stayed away from the hospital for fear of catching COVID, but he reassures people it’s very safe to see your doctor. If you don’t check in with your doctor as needed Grabill says it can have even more of a negative impact on your health.

“Maybe all of sudden we have blockages in the arteries that led to heart attacks or strokes. Or maybe we were more sedentary we gained weight we have a family history of diabetes and now we have diabetes and that can lead to a whole cascade of health issues,” said Grabill

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