A new study has found that this common disease can severely influence life expectancy in coronavirus patients battling COVID-19.
According to the study, obesity plays a major role in whether or not a patient will survive a coronavirus infection. The study found that morbidly obese COVID-19 patients were 60% more likely to die or require intubation, compared to people of normal weight. Mildly obese COVID-19 patients were found to be 10% more likely to die or need breathing assistance. Moderately obese COVID-19 patients were 30% more likely to die or need to be put on a ventilator.
Lead researcher Dr. Michaela Anderson, a pulmonologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City, said, "Increasing obesity was associated with an increased risk of lung failure or death in COVID-19." The researchers noted that obesity was only a risk for COVID-19 patients under the age of 65, as older people are more likely to develop respiratory issues because of their age, and not weight, the researchers noted.
So how did the researchers come to these conclusions? The researchers reviewed medical records from nearly 2,500 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in March and April at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. The researchers looked at the body mass index of all the reviewed patients. It should be noted that obesity begins at a BMI or 30, and morbid obesity is a BMI over 40. For more information on this study, check out this link here.
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