Obesity- Increases risk during Covid-19.
Obesity increases risk during Covid-19. Obesity has gained the form of a global pandemic. As per W.H.O., There were 650 million obese people, out of 1.9 billion overweight people in 2016. A few reasons for the increase in obese people are Increased consumption of unhealthy and processed food and less physical activities. Further, under restricted conditions due to Covid-19, such as work from home, the closing of the gym, reduced physical activities have increased obesity and its associated risk factors.
Obese people are at more risk under Covid-19:-
As per a study conducted in China. it was indicated that overweight Chinese patients were at higher risk due to Covid-19 as compared to lighter people. A new study published in Annals of internal medicine also stated that obese patients have more risk of intubation or death with the risk highest for class- 3 obesity. Elderly and people with co-morbidities such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or high blood pressure are at higher mortality risks under Covid-19.
New evidence has suggested that there is a close link between obesity and higher complication risks, due to Covid-19 infection. Obese people upon getting infected due to Coronavirus are at greater risk of intubation and death.
Obesity increases risk factors during Covid-19:-
“He was a young healthy hardworking guy” recalls Maryellen Antkowiak, a pulmonary critical care physician and the medical director of the hospital’s ICU. “His major risk factor for getting this much sick was obesity”.
The study published in Diabetes care shows that hospitalized Covid-19 patients with metabolic syndrome (a combination of obesity, high B.P., Diabetes) were app. five times more likely (than their peers), to require ICU Care or experience respiratory distress and 3.4 times more likely to die from infectious disease.
One more study on obesity and Covid-19 published in obesity reviews states that obese people were 1.5 times higher risk of Coronavirus infection than their nonobese counterparts, The study further states that obese people were 2.1 times more likely to be hospitalized, 1.7 times more likely to be admitted to an ICU and 1.5 times more likely to die from Covid-19.
Obesity reduces immunity:-
Obese people have reduced immunity as fat cells infiltrate the organs such as the spleen, bone marrow, and thymus where immune cells are produced and stored. As per Catherine Anderson, a nutritional scientist at Fairfield university ” We are losing immune tissue in exchange for Adipose tissue, making the immune system less effective in either protecting the body from pathogens or responding to a vaccine”.
What can be done?
Obesity can be reduced with enhanced immunity. As per Ayurveda. optimum immunity can be achieved by strengthening our digestive system and cleansing the body of toxins.
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Few guidelines for reducing obesity and are:-
- Including 40 to 50 minutes of safe exercise in daily routine.
- Adopting the habit of cycling or walking as far as possible.
- Limiting the consumption of processed food and sugar enriched food.
- Adding seasonal fresh foods, vegetables, and fibrous food in our diet.
- Prioritize balanced sleeping habits to make the immune system work properly.
- Minimize stress by adopting yoga and meditation to strengthen immunity.
- Adopt a supportive and active daily routine.
Wishing all, a healthy disease-free life. Please consult your physician for treatment.
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