Even With Mild COVID, Obesity May Mean Worse Symptoms

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By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Obese radical person a tougher clip warring COVID-19, adjacent if they person a milder signifier of the virus, a caller survey finds.

Researchers looked astatine much than 500 patients who tested affirmative for COVID but didn't necessitate hospitalization. Teens and adults who were overweight oregon obese had much symptoms, including cough and shortness of breath, than those of mean weight.

"Even erstwhile infected with akin amounts of virus, overweight and obesity are hazard factors for greater severity of COVID-19 symptoms," said pb researcher Dr. Pia Pannaraj, a pediatric infectious illness specializer astatine Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

"COVID-19 vaccination of each individuals, and particularly those with overweight and obesity, is important to forestall terrible COVID-19," she added.

Obesity tin pb to much terrible COVID-19 due to the fact that it's tied with different conditions known to marque radical sicker if they drawback the virus, Pannaraj said. "Individuals with obesity whitethorn person the beginnings of diabetes, heart disease oregon different chronic diseases earlier it tin beryllium detected," she added.

Losing weight whitethorn assistance ward disconnected COVID-19 and marque it little life-threatening should you get it, Pannaraj said. "Maintaining a steadfast manner with healthy eating and exercise is beneficial for galore reasons," she said. "Being capable to combat disconnected infections specified arsenic COVID-19 is conscionable 1 much reason."

About two-thirds of the participants successful this caller survey were overweight oregon obese -- akin to U.S. and worldwide rates, the authors noted.

The researchers recovered that COVID severity successful children nether 12 was not affected by excess weight. But for teens and adults, they uncovered a antithetic story.

The overweight oregon obese participants had much symptoms than normal-weight individuals (three vs. two), including much cough and shortness of breath.

Overweight oregon obese teens were much apt to person symptoms than normal-weight teens (67% vs. 34%) and they had longer lasting respiratory symptoms (median 7 days vs. 4 days), compared with normal-weight teens, the researchers found.

The information confirms the payment of COVID-19 vaccines for overweight and obese teens and adults, Pannaraj's squad concluded.


One adept not portion of the study, Dr. Nicholas Kman, pointed retired that adjacent vaccinated patients tin get a mild lawsuit of COVID-19.

"We besides cognize that erstwhile the immune strategy is compromised, similar successful terrible obesity, we don't equine arsenic bully a effect to the vaccine," said Kman, an exigency medicine doc astatine Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center successful Columbus.

"This is wherefore it is important for patients with hazard factors, similar aged property and obesity, to get the booster vaccine erstwhile it is their turn," helium said. "The champion happening an unvaccinated patient, with oregon without hazard factors, tin bash is get the vaccine and past enactment connected those steadfast manner changes."

Dr. David Katz is president of True Health Initiative, which promotes steadfast surviving arsenic the champion mode to forestall disease. He said that passim the pandemic, COVID-19 has targeted prime groups.

"Even earlier a pandemic was declared, information from China and South Korea indicated that SARS-CoV-2 was not a one-size-fits-all threat," said Katz, who wasn't progressive with the study.

Advanced property and chronic conditions, including bosom disease, diabetes and obesity, were associated with elevated risks of terrible infection, Katz said. This signifier persisted arsenic COVID-19 dispersed astir the world, starring to marked differences successful hospitalization and deaths among populations.

This insubstantial expands that presumption of adaptable hazard for worse outcomes to see those with milder disease, Katz said.

"It besides reminds that the slow-motion pandemics of obesity and chronic unwellness person made the acute COVID pandemic acold worse than it needed to be, some among those hospitalized, and adjacent among those with milder disease," helium said.

"These findings adhd to the already compelling lawsuit for defending against the menace of acute pandemics by doing acold much to beforehand wide bully health, including steadfast weight, for the colonisation astatine large," Katz said.

The study was published Oct. 20 successful the diary Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses.

More information

For much connected COVID-19 and obesity, spot the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Pia Pannaraj, MD, MPH, pediatric infectious illness specialist, Children's Hospital Los Angeles; David Katz, MD, MPH, president, True Health Initiative; Nicholas Kman, MD, exigency medicine physician, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus; Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, Oct. 20, 2021

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