Important Co-morbidity For COVID Is Obesity, Not Just Due To Excess Fat But Loss of Function (Or Ability To Respond To Changes)
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One of the comorbidity factors in increasing chance of getting COVID-19 and not being able to recover from COVID is obesity. Recent study indicates that obesity is not simply due to excess fat but decline in body’s function or ability to respond to changes, in the video published on Feb 4, 2022, “Researchers argue obesity isn’t problem of excess fat but loss of function“, below:
Obesity is defined as with BMI of 30 or more. BMI between 25 to 30 is overweight.
The study shows just how much weight could impact a person’s ability to beat COVID-19, in the video published on Mar 9, 2021, “Obesity a significant factor in COVID deaths, new study suggests“, below:
In the video published on July 4, 2020, “COVID 19 and Obesity“, below:
This public lecture which took place in July 2021 was presented by Dr Cameron Razieh, Epidemiologist and Statistician at the Diabetes Research Centre, University of Leicester. The talk discusses the relationship between obesity, ethnicity and COVID-19 outcomes and what we have learnt a year on from the start of the pandemic. Evidence has previously reported that minority ethnic groups, particularly South Asian and black African or Caribbean populations, are at an increased risk of COVID‐19 and resulting complications. Obesity is also an established risk factor for COVID-19 outcomes, but less is known about the interaction between obesity and ethnicity and whether the strength of associations observed with obesity remain consistent across ethnic groups and whether this may contribute to the increased risk seen in ethnic minority groups, in the video published on Jul 2, 2021, “Obesity, ethnicity and COVID-19 – One year on“, below:
In this video, Simon Cork, Teaching Fellow in Medical Education at King’s College London tell us about obesity and COVID-19, in the video published on Jul 27, 2020, “Why is being overweight or obese linked to COVID-19?” below:
Obesity is defined as having BMI=30 or more. A BMI of greater than 25 is considered to be overweight. A recent study from Wuhan indicates that 88.2% of the people who died from COVID-19 had a BMI that was greater than 25. In a French study, the risk of mechanical ventilation was 7 times higher in obese individuals. So obesity seems to be associated with worse outcomes for COVID-19, probably due to decreased inflammation, heightened demand for ventilation at baseline, elevated work for breathing and diminished respiratory compliance. Insufficient oxygenation during infection is a risk factor. The ACE2 receptor is the main path that the virus enters the body and higher levels of ACE2 receptors are thought to be found in fatty tissue. Furthermore, people with diabetes are often prescribed medications that would increase the expression of the ACE2 receptors in the lungs.
Increasingly identified as a dangerous and lethal co-morbidity obesity is complicating the fight against Covid-19. Initially many researchers thought Covid-19 was primarily a respiratory disease. But now experts have identified obesity as a major culprit. As the virus proliferates around the globe and more is learnt about its affects on the body they are realizing this co-morbidity could mean the difference between life and death. With higher instances of diabetes, hypertension & cardiovascular diseases among the general population due to obesity, certain countries like South Africa is at particular risk for as long as there is no cure for Covid-19, in the video published on Sep 3, 2020, “Experts identify obesity as major factor in COVID complications | COVID19 – Special“, below:
In Mexico, the data shows that the severity of COVID increases by 44% in overweight people. Obesity can also lead to heart disease, diabetes, and more severe COVID-19.
South Africa ranks high in obesity within her population, next to United States.
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