More risk of more severe COVID-19 infection in obese patients, study found

More risk of more severe COVID-19 infection in obese patients, study found

Washington: While obesity A person’s body can be caused by diseases, a new study has found that COVID-19 patients who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop more severe infections.
This is compared to healthy weight patients, and overweight people suffering from COVID-19 require more frequent oxygenation and aggressive mechanical ventilation.
The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Diabetes Care’.
While obese people are at greater risk of developing more severe infections, there is no increased risk of death. These findings, for which more than 7,000 patients were studied, are revealed by international research in eleven countries, including the Netherlands (Redbaud University Medical Center).
The study, led by Australian researchers, examined more than 7,000 patients from 11 different countries, who were admitted to 18 hospitals. Of this group, one third (34.8 percent) were overweight and about one third (30.8 percent) were obese.
Obese COVID-19 patients required more frequent oxygenation and were 73 percent more likely to require invasive mechanical ventilation. Remarkably, no higher mortality was observed in these groups of patients than in healthy weight patients.
Never before has a large study combined so many different data on obesity in a large study, said immunologist Siron Beckering of the Medical Center at Redboud University, the lead investigator for the Dutch part.
“Several national and international observations have already shown the important role of overweight and obesity in the more severe COVID-19 course. This study combines data from several countries with the possibility of looking at different risk factors. Those observations Adds. Regardless of other. Risk factors (such as heart disease or diabetes), we now see that a higher BMI may actually lead to a more severe course in corona infection, “said Beckering.
One explanation for this is that overweight and obesity are characterized by chronic inflammation, which may perhaps increase susceptibility to the virus. Similar is the case with the flu virus. In addition, obese people are more likely to have shortness of breath, which may increase ventilation needs.
Various risk factors for Severe COVID-19 infection
The study reveals more risk factors. For example, this study, similar to other international studies, confirms that men are more likely to have a more severe course of COVID-19 infection. In addition, this study also suggests that people over 65 years of age need supplemental oxygen more often and are at greater risk of death.
Heart disease and pre-existing respiratory disease may be associated with an increased risk of hospital death, but not with an increased risk of using oxygen and mechanical ventilation. For diabetic patients, there was an increased risk of requiring invasive respiratory support, but there was no additional increase in risk with both obesity and diabetes. There was no risk of death.

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