We know that lifestyle choices can impact your health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it's especially important to pay attention to how your behavior impacts wellness. In this WLTX interview, Dr. Payton Foust of Lexington Family Practice Gilbert offers important information to help keep you healthy and safe.
Dr. Foust said it's becoming easier to see the impact of social isolation we've been experiencing for the last two months.
"People are dealing with anxiety and depression at home," he said. "We're seeing an increase in substance abuse, smoking cigarettes and marijuana, vaping, and drinking alcohol."
Each of those has implications any time, but they're more concerning during a pandemic like COVID-19.
Smoking impacts lung function. That's especially problematic because COVID-19 is a virus that attacks the lungs. In addition, alcohol can weaken the immune system and impact sleep - factors that can make individuals more susceptible to COVID-19.
Dr. Foust emphasizes the importance of good nutrition including plenty of fruits and vegetables, and exercising regularly with proper social distancing.
Finally, it's important to focus on mental health. Virtual meet ups with friends to talk or even share a lunch or dinner date are important and constructive ways to stay grounded and keep things in perspective during this difficult time. We're all in this together.