Is Obesity Making The Coronavirus More Dangerous?

According to a comprehensive study using global data, obesity increases the risk of death from the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) by 48 percent and makes potential vaccines against Coronavirus (Covid-19) less effective.

Mediline Hospital General Surgery Department Specialist Uzm. Dr. Fatih EROL said that obesity, which is a chronic disease, is not only an aesthetic problem, it is a disease that affects all systems of the body negatively and as a result, prepares the ground for many diseases.

Noting that obesity also poses a serious problem for coronavirus, Uzm. Dr. Fatih EROL stated that obese individuals are 5 times more likely to get coronavirus in studies and said, “Like the rates of getting the disease, intubation rates are also high and obese people stay in intensive care longer. "Since obese individuals have other health problems, the coronavirus is more severe in these people," he said.

Stressing that the rate of obesity in the society is high and this rate is increasing gradually, Uzm. Dr. Fatih EROL emphasized that among the patients they followed up, the rate of hospitalization was higher in those with obesity, especially in the group called young adults between the ages of 40-50.

"We can see that nearly 80 percent of intensive care hospitalizations in hospitalized young adults are obese, and among these obese patients, the mortality rate is higher." Saying Uzm. Dr. Fatih EROL stated that obesity especially reduces lung capacity, creates difficulty in breathing, so the coronavirus is more severe.

Exp. Dr. Fatih EROL stated that a new lifestyle was formed with the coronavirus, and pointed out that people go out less, spend more time in closed environments, which poses a risk for obesity.

Stating that overweight people should pay more attention to coronavirus, Uzm. Dr. Fatih EROL continued as follows:

"To avoid coronavirus, protect it if you are at a healthy weight. If your Body Mass Index is above 28, if you have more fat around the abdomen, gradually reach your goal of healthy weight with medical diet therapy and physical activity. To achieve this, change your lifestyle and You need to maintain the healthy habits you have gained. "

"We should be more careful about doing daily exercises and not gaining weight. We recommend eating foods that are mostly vegetables and fruits and low in calories rather than fastfood. We recommend that people take a walk in the early hours of the morning before breakfast."

In studies examining the data of coronavirus patients;

They stated that younger coronavirus patients admitted to the hospital are more likely to be obese (fat).

They stated that obesity can restrict ventilation by preventing diaphragmatic excursion, impair immune responses against viral infection, trigger diabetes and adversely affect cardiovascular function.

They emphasized that in societies with a high prevalence of obesity, the coronavirus (COVID-19) may be affected by the younger population in addition to those previously reported.

Studies are ongoing to examine the relationship between obesity and Coronavirus (COVID-19). Results will allow clearer results and interpretations to be made over time. Today's information should be read and evaluated in these circumstances. However, regardless of the Coronavirus (COVID-19); Obesity must be prevented under all circumstances and at all times. Prevention of obesity can be achieved as early as possible with individual, social and public interventions in accordance with a lifelong approach.

What should obesity patients pay attention to during the coronavirus period?

Particular attention should be paid to the potential impact of obesity and stress on chronic disease. Patients should be informed about how to recognize mental stress symptoms. Patients should be given specific guidance on nutrition and physical activity. COVID-19 does not directly cause obesity. Weight gain may occur because we stayed at home due to the virus. During our stay at home, you should take care of a healthy diet and exercise. Obese patients and patients at risk of obesity should pay attention to COVID-19 and stay home. When they are outside, they should definitely wear masks and gloves and use disinfectants.

Corona virus vaccine may be effective in obesity?

There is one more concern expressed by experts. It is also likely that the coronavirus vaccine is less effective in obese patients compared to others, just like the flu vaccine or other vaccines.

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