As the number of COVID-19 cases skyrocketed this past spring and summer, doctors noted a troubling phenomenon. People who were overweight or obese were more likely to develop severe complications, require hospitalization or even die if they contracted the novel coronavirus.
Losing weight if you are overweight or obese can help improve your health in many ways. And now you can add lowering the risk of serious illness associated with COVID-19 to the benefits of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
How Weight Affects COVID-19 Recovery
The risk of severe or lingering coronavirus complications may increase due to these factors that are common among people who are overweight or obese:
Researchers at Kaiser Permanente found that the risk of death from COVID-19 was three times higher in people who were severely obese and four times higher in those who were extremely obese.
In addition to helping you avoid coronavirus complications, losing weight offers many other health advantages. Even a 5%-10% percent weight loss may lower your blood pressure, ease sleep apnea, reduce inflammation and “bad” cholesterol, and decrease your risk of diabetes. Excess weight also puts tremendous pressure on your joints, so shedding extra pounds reduces arthritis risk and may help you avoid or delay joint replacement surgery.
Losing weight is an excellent way to reduce your risk of coronavirus complications while helping to improve your health overall. If you’re not sure how to start or haven’t been successful in the past, get in touch with your doctor. He or she can recommend healthy eating and exercise plans that will help you safely reach your goal weight.
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