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Before I list the 6 most important alarming facts, it is important to explain a term that you will hear a lot more that is comorbidity.

I mentioned it in the first video and comorbidity has two or more disorders or diseases in the same person.

Why is comorbidity important?

This is so important because more and more people are being treated with multiple diseases that coexist. It is now the norm rather than the exception.

What does comorbidity have to do with Covid-19?

Clinical research shows that patients with COVID-19 and any comorbidity had poorer clinical outcomes than those without.

The more comorbidities a patient had, the worse their clinical outcome.

Ok, but what does this have to do with obesity?

In general, overweight patients are at risk of developing some of the following diseases over time: insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, sleep apnea, gallbladder disease, gout, and osteoarthritis.

I hope you can clearly see the link between comorbidity, Covid-19 and obesity.

It's important to note that pre-Covid-19 comorbidity and obesity were just as dangerous a combination as heart disease, which is directly related to obesity and is one of the largest deaths worldwide, with an estimated 18 million deaths each year.

And bring it closer to home, around 10,000 deaths in Ireland each year.

The top 6 alarming facts

  1. Over 70% of those admitted to intensive care are either overweight or obese, and they are seven times more likely to be put on a ventilator.
  2. People with a BMI between 30 and 34 are 100% more likely to be admitted to the ICU.
  3. If you are overweight, you are seven times more likely to die from coronavirus.
  4. Obesity is a more important indicator of a bad outcome than type 2 diabetes or heart disease. At over 80, it's almost that high up.
  5. In general, with obesity, there is a lot of belly fat that pushes the diaphragm up and gives the lungs less room to move and breathe. Remember, Covid-19 is a respiratory disease that focuses on the lungs.
  6. Obesity negatively affects our immune systems and has now been known to turn off the part of the immune system that triggers the initial response to Covid-19.

Additionally, a healthy immune system tries to remember an infection so you can deal with it calmly next time. Obesity acts as a blockage so immune memory is reduced.

I know it all sounds pretty grim, but don't worry, the good news is there are steps you can take to bring your BMI down to a healthy range.

You can improve your BMI in a matter of weeks by improving your diet.

If you increase your physical activity by only 5%, you improve your immune function by 5%. If you have good blood sugar control, the more likely your result will be good.

In the next video, I'll be talking to you about your BMI and what to know and what to do.

Click here for the last video – Making Life Safer, An Introduction

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