Can High Blood Glucose Levels Increase Your Risk of Death from COVID-19? Yes, According to a Recent Study…

In a study of over 11,000 participants in 109 hospitals in Spain, those with glucose values greater than 140 at admission had TWICE the risk of death from COVID-19 when compared to those with glucose 139 or lower…and this was independent of diabetic status!  (34% vs. 16% fatality rate).  Those with glucose values greater than 180 had a mortality rate of 41%.

The higher the glucose, the higher the fatality rate.  These findings are statistically significant and held true for those with and without a diagnosis of diabetes, and after other factors such as age, gender, and blood pressure were controlled for.

Mortality rates by Blood Glucose Level:

>180 mg/dl = 41% fatality rate

>140 mg/dl = 34% fatality rate

<140 mg/dl = 16% fatality rate

High blood sugar could be induced during COVID-19 for both diabetic and non-diabetic patients.  In Spain they don’t treat blood sugar issues in a hospital setting until the values are >180 – and even then, the means of heal varies.  This may be a reason for the high death rate from COVID-19 in Spain.

High blood sugar and COVID-19 create a storm of inflammation.  Once a patient presents with hyperglycemia, it could play a direct role in worsening the infection for the following reasons:

  • SARSCoV-2 can infect endocrine pancreas cells -through their expression of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors- resulting in an impairment in b-cell insulin secretion, and
  • Inflammation during COVID-19 can also generate insulin resistance.

While several studies have shown that individuals with Type 2 Diabetes are more at risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19 (CDC, 2020), this study goes a step further to show that blood sugar instability, regardless of having a diabetic condition, increases mortality rates from COVID-19.

These are the key messages from the study:

  • Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) is a strong and independent risk factor for mortality in COVID-19.
  • Screening for hyperglycemia, in patients with or without diabetes, and early heal of high blood sugar should be mandatory in the management of patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

The implication of these findings is that what you do with lifestyle makes a huge difference for your health.

Read about the study in Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/high-blood-sugar-could-increase-covid-19-death-risk-in-those-without-diabetes

Read the Full Study: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/07853890.2020.1836566?needAccess=true

At Next Advanced Medicine, it is our mission to help each of our patients make the changes needed to achieve blood sugar stability and reverse their chronic health conditions, including Type 2 Diabetes.

If you would like to learn more about factors that can control blood sugar, we encourage you to watch our Free T2X Diabetes Reversal Webinar https://nextadvancedmedicine.com/diabetes-seminar/

If you would like to learn more about how we have successfully reversed Type 2 Diabetes in thousands of patients, read our whitepaper: https://nextadvancedmedicine.com/whitepaper-reversing-diabetes/

If you are interested in becoming a patient at Next Advanced Medicine, please call us 888-411-0787.

Rational Wellness Podcast: Dr. Candice Hall, D.C. on Preventing and Reversing Type II Diabetes with Dr. Ben Weitz

Diabetes and pre-diabetes are epidemic and increasing in the United States and around the world. According to the CDC 2020 statistics, 34.2 million Americans or 10.5% of US population are diabetic and 88 million folks have pre-diabetes or 34.5% of the population, which means that 45% of Americans have either diabetes or pre-diabetes.

In this podcast, Dr. Weitz interviews Dr. Hall on a number of topics ranging from the causes of Type 2 diabetes, diagnostic tests used to find the root causes of disease, environmental toxins and biotoxin illness, dietary and supplement considerations, intermittent fasting, and other strategies the team at Next Advanced Medicine is using to reverse Type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.

Dr. Hall explains what is happening in the body of a diabetic, “Think of the cell as having a doorway for insulin and the insulin has to open the door, and that’s what lets the glucose in. Well, sometimes there’s so much circulating insulin, it’s kind of like a key, when you wear out a lock by using a key over and over and over again, the key doesn’t work anymore.  So essentially, that’s what is happening to the cells with insulin. The insulin can’t open the door because the key doesn’t work anymore, so the body is then having to produce more and more insulin.”

Dr. Hall describes the questions and process they go through with a new patient at Next Advanced Medicine.  “Well, I start by just asking them when did they get it. I do like to see if there’s a family history of the disease, but that’s not nearly as important to me as their environment and their habits.  Are they a truck driver?  Are they sitting in smog every day? Are they commuting on the 405 or the 5 Freeway? Are they working in a carpet factory? What is their environment and what kind of toxins are they around? That’s one of my first questions.  I always like to see where they grew up, if they grew up somewhere on a farm where there was a lot of pesticides.  Did they have a lot of antibiotic use?  Those are areas where I start. I like to see if they have a thyroid problem. Thyroid problems can lead to diabetes and vice versa.  So those are the types of questions I like to start with.”

Whether you suffer from diabetes, thyroid disease, autoimmune disease, or any number of other chronic and degenerative disorders, Next Advanced Medicine is dedicated to finding the cause your physical condition and working to restore your health. The team of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopaths and nutrition scientists focuses on treating the whole patient; considering the complex confluence of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that affects disease progression and heal.

No matter what type of chronic or degenerative symptoms you’re facing, Next Advanced Medicine can help you gain full control of your symptoms and develop customized, achievable lifestyle changes.

To learn more about patient outcomes at Next Advanced Medicine, read our Whitepaper

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See the interview transcript and learn more about Dr. Ben Weitz

Slow Cooker Leg of Lamb

Slow Cooker Leg of Lamb

Slow Cooker Leg of Lamb

4-6 servings


• 3 1/2 lbs. leg of lamb, preferably bone out

• 1/4 cup Avocado oil

• 1/2 cup lemon juice

• 4 -6 garlic cloves, crushed

• 2 teaspoon high quality sea salt

• 1 teaspoon nutmeg

• 2 teaspoons dried Italian Seasonings blend (I like Spice Hunter brand)


1. Using the crock pot’s ceramic dish, mix together oil, lemon juice, garlic, Italian seasoning and nutmeg.

2. Immerse leg of lamb into the mixture and cook on high for 6- 8 hours until falling apart.

3. Remove meat to serving platter and pull apart with forks until you have chunky shreds of meat.


Acorn Squash Breakfast Pudding

Acorn Squash Breakfast Pudding

Acorn Squash Breakfast Pudding


• 4 Acorn Squash, Sliced in half

• 1 TBS. Avocado oil

• 2 TBS. ghee or coconut oil

• 1 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt

• ½ cup Original flavor Better Half cream by Califia Farms OR Unsweetened coconut or almond milk

• 1 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice (I recommend Spice Hunter brand) or cinnamon



Pre heat oven to 400 degrees. Rub about 1 tablespoon of avocado oil on top of the squash.

Sprinkle with a bit of Himalayan pink salt. Place face down on baking sheet for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven, Let cool until squash is cool enough to handle. Scoop out seeds, and discard.

Scoop acorn squash out of its shell and transfer it to a large bowl. Add Ghee, better half.

Cinnamon and salt to taste. Mash well with a potato masher until smooth, or blend with electric mixer until smooth. You may adjust the amount of almond milk inside to your preferred consistency.

Serving Suggestion: Serve warm with pecans or walnuts and crumbled Applegate apple chicken breakfast sausage or turkey bacon right on top of pudding. Great make ahead dish for the busy week- just heat and eat in the morning.


Breathe for Better Health

Meet Kimberly, certified Heartmath coach!
She is going to take you through a breathing exercise that will help you to relax and find your center. Learn about the Inner Ease technique – it can be done with or without the Heartmath Sensor and App!

Learn more about the Heartmath Sensor Here: https://bit.ly/2YGuLzd

Just breathe, it’s that simple!

Early on in human evolution, when we were generally struggling to stay alive, we faced lots of physical dangers. This created the basic stress responses in our brains that we still carry today, hundreds of thousands of years later. Years of running from giant animals and the breathing that accompanied that activity stuck with the human psyche as a pairing that equated ‘danger’ with quick, shallow breaths.

Today, when we’re anxious, we still take quick, shallow breaths from our upper chest – this type of breathing is a natural response to stress and sends signals through our body that danger is nearby, which stresses us out even more. Even if there’s no real physical threat, we all still experience these breathing patterns because the stress response hasn’t evolved to differentiate between various stressors. This is why it’s important to pay attention to how you’re breathing the next time you’re stressed, angry, or worried. Look down, is your chest moving up and down with every breath or is your stomach?

With diaphragmatic breathing, you’ll breathe from the belly instead of the chest, which promotes deeper breathing and provides a sense of calm and relaxation encouraging the body to unwind.

To practice, place your hand on your abdomen and push outward while inhaling. A few rounds of this and you’ll remind your body that you’re just fine, and not in any physical danger.

“When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.” – Unknown

How The ‘Lost Art’ Of Breathing Can Impact Sleep And Resilience

Listen to this fantastic interview – Terry Gross of NPR interviews James Nestor about his new book Breath. Get some great tips on breathing for better sleep and reducing anxiety!

Zucchini Pizza Boats

Zucchini Pizza Boats

Zucchini Pizza Boats


  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces Applegate Italian Chicken sausage
  • 14 ounce jar Organic pizza sauce ( eg, Eden brand Organic pizza sauce)
  • 1 1/2 cups Follow your heart Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 cup sliced button mushrooms
  • ½ green pepper diced
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 2 Tablespoons sliced olives
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil optional
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes optional


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut each zucchini in half horizontally, then scoop out the seeds. If they don’t lie flat, trim a thin strip from the bottom. Place them on a baking sheet or in a 9×13 casserole dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until browned, 4-6 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks. Stir in pizza sauce and heat for 1-2 minutes longer.

Add sausage mixture to each zucchini boat, then top with cheese, mushrooms, green pepper, red onion and olives.

Place into oven and bake until the zucchini is tender, and the cheese has melted, about 12-18 minutes.

Serve immediately, garnished with basil and red pepper flakes, if desired.

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