Rising rates of obesity leave small portion of the US at low risk of contracting coronavirus 

Studies have shown that chronic health conditions such as obesity and diabetes can increase the risk of infection and death, making the coronavirus pandemic even deadlier in the US.
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This study provides the largest overview of autopsies of SARS-CoV-2-infected patients presented so far.
Source: International Journal of Legal Medicine - Category: Medical Law Source Type: research
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus that has resulted in a worldwide pandemic. While the resultant respiratory disease is mild in the majority of patients, a subset of patients can develop severe disease with significant respiratory compromise that may require ventilation and intensive care. Elderly patients and patients with co-morbidities such as diabetes and obesity appear to be more severely affected and are at high risk for a fatal outcome. Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), who are often treated with immunosuppressive agents, might be more susceptible to complicat...
Source: Journal of Neuroimmunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Source Type: research
This article discusses the potential mechanisms by which SARS-CoV-2 modulates the RAS and energy metabolism in individuals with obesity and diabetes mellitus. The article aims to highlight the appropriate strategies for combating the COVID-19 pandemic in the clinical setting and emphasize on the areas that require further investigation in relation to COVID-19 infections in patients with obesity and diabetes mellitus, from the viewpoint of endocrinology and metabolism. PMID: 32469255 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism - Category: Physiology Authors: Tags: Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab Source Type: research
During these unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clear that some populations are at increased risk of severe illness, complications, and death once contracting the novel coronavirus. This is particularly the case for patients with obesity and type 2 diabetes.1-5 Treatment of people with the disease of obesity and related disease is critical in the strategy to decrease risk of poor outcomes and death following COVID-19. Metabolic/bariatric surgery is the only proven, long-term, successful intervention for patients suffering from clinically severe obesity.
Source: Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
A novel small enveloped RNA virus with the typical characteristic of the family to which it belongs, a crown, hence the name coronavirus, appeared in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and subdued the world to its influence. The particular severity of the disease and higher mortality rates in patients with associated morbidities, including hypertension, obesity and diabetes, increases the concern over the consequences of this pandemic. In this review, the features of SARS-CoV-2 will be addressed, as well as the reasons why it poses a particular challenge to diabetic patients.
Source: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice - Category: Endocrinology Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald Loneliness is never easy to endure, yet during times of mandatory social isolation and distancing, such as millions of Americans are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be particularly damaging. Among its many effects, loneliness can exacerbate and bring upon a host of mental and physical conditions. Social Isolation and Loneliness May Increase Inflammation A study by researchers at the University of Surrey and Brunel University Lo...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Self-Help coronavirus COVID-19 Loneliness social distancing Source Type: blogs
The COVID crisis has decimated water exercise. Can we rethink pool closures? A significant number of my older patients relied on pools for their fitness. During a pandemic, you can stay active or fit only if you have good legs and joints. Walkers, runners, and cyclists have no problem; they play outside in the Spring weather. People with bone/joint problems, fitness swimmers, and young children who normally take swim lessons this time of year are out of luck. Consider the place I swim—the Mary T Meagher Natatorium, named after Mary T, a Louisville native, who won Olympic gold in 1984. The place is an ode to Sp...
Source: Dr John M - Category: Cardiology Authors: Source Type: blogs
Under the best of circumstances, Americans don’t love to work out. Even though movement is among the most accessible and effective ways to improve physical and mental health, federal data show only about 25% of American adults get the government-recommended dose of exercise each week: 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, plus two strength-training sessions. It’s not hard to guess how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting that number, with its sweeping lockdowns confining millions of Americans to their homes. The data are still coming together, but early reports suggest the pandemic i...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news
During the pandemic caused by the novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 disease (COVID-19) questions arise on risk of patients with autoimmune conditions under immunosuppressive drugs (IS). There is a mounting evidence that severe COVID-19 is characterized by an imbalanced multi-system immune-inflammatory response to the pathogen by the host, and acknowledged risk factors for poorer outcome are older age and preexisting non-respiratory chronic pro-inflammatory conditions such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease (1).
Source: Journal of Hepatology - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
Abstract The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19) disease has led to a wide-spread global pandemic (1). COVID-19 symptoms and mortality are disproportionately more severe in people with obesity and obesity related comorbidities (2, 3). This is of concern for the United States, where ~42% have obesity and of these, 85% have type 2 diabetes. PMID: 32386464 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Obesity - Category: Eating Disorders & Weight Management Authors: Tags: Obesity (Silver Spring) Source Type: research
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