Not only that, but weak immunity can also make the body helpless against Covid-19.
However, recently the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed another condition that can exacerbate Covid-19 infection.
People with excess weight or obesity may increase the risk for serious illness associated with Covid-19.
According to CDC statistics, more than 71 percent of US people aged 20 years and over are considered overweight.
Obesity defined as a person who has a body mass index between 30 and 40, with severe obesity diagnosed at a BMI of 40 or more.
The relationship between obesity and Covid-19
The CDC said that if you fall into that category, you can increase your risk of getting severe disease due to Covid-19.
The death rate of people who are obese and infected with Covid-19 has increased by 50 percent.
In the Chapel Hill study of the University of North Carolina found that those who were declared obese were more likely to be hospitalized or admitted to the ICU because corona virus.
“According to research, obesity is closely related to other risk factors due to Covid-19, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, and hypertension,” the CDC explained as quoted from Fox News, Saturday (10/10/2020).
Then, other risk factors that may increase the risk of severe diseases such as asthma, cerebrovascular disease, cystic fibrosis, hypertension, immunocompromised states, neurological conditions, liver disease, pregnancy, pulmonary fibrosis, thalassemia and type 1 diabetes.
Individuals who are obese can experience metabolic changes that cause inflammation, problems with insulin, and the immune system that can inhibit the body’s ability to fight Covid-19.
The investigators suggested precautions among the obese population that did not differ from the measures listed by the CDC.
“Given the significant threat of Covid-19 to individuals with obesity, healthy diet policies can play a supportive, and especially important, role in mitigating Covid-19 mortality and morbidity,” said Gillings professor of nutrition at UNC’s School of Global Public Health, Barry Popkin.
Risk of death
Launch Independent, obesity can also increase the risk of death by nearly 50 percent. This was stated by researchers from the University of North Carolina.
Health problems associated with obesity include heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
These diseases have contributed to aggravating the condition of Covid-19 patients.
Through global research data, researchers at the University of North Carolina state that obese people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 30.113 percent are more likely to be hospitalized due to Covid-19.
As many as 74 percent of obese Covid-19 patients hospitalized must be placed in intensive care units.
While the risk of death for them increased 48 percent than for people who are not obese.
Other health conditions caused by obesity are metabolic changes, such as insulin resistance, inflammation, and uncontrolled glucose.
It also makes it more difficult for the patient to fight off the infection.
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