Throughout the pandemic, scientists have found that obesity and overweight surge someone’s risk to caught severe Covid-19 effect by weakens the human’s immunity and increase the potential of getting infectious diseases. Nevertheless, a recent study finds more devastating fact about the dangerous correlation between overweight and the virus. The study shows that the virus is now capable of infecting fat cell and immune cells within body fat, which possibly result in terrifying consequences.
The scientists led a research on adipose tissue or commonly known as fat tissue, to examine if fat tissue could be infected with Covid-19 and how different types of fat cells responded to the virus. The result shows that not only fat cells infected by the virus but also damaged immune cells called macrophages, causing deleterious inflammatory responses in the body.
These inflammatory triggers can be especially harmful to those who are overweight or are considered higher risk for severe illness, hospitalization and death if they fall ill with COVID-19.
Obesity & Covid-19
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity is a common, serious, and costly chronic disease. Having obesity puts people at risk for many other serious chronic diseases and increases the risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
People with overweight condition are more likely to have other diseases that are autonomous risk factors for severe COVID-19, which are heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. They are also vulnerable to metabolic syndrome, including blood sugar levels, fat levels, or both are unhealthy and blood pressure may be high.
What to do?
Like many chronic conditions, obesity is avoidable with a healthy lifestyle. Here are some easy-to-follow tips that you can do, either to prevent or to cure obesity:
- Staying active
The most doctors, nutritionists, and researchers all around the world agree that the most effective way to maintain your physical condition – as well as your body weight, is to stay active and exercise regularly. Experts recommend keeping active throughout the day, whether by exercising at the gym, walking, or taking frequent stretch. This activity will help to improve your blood circulation and maintain your immune and metabolism system.
- Implementing healthy diet
Obesity can be prevented by implementing healthy eating habit. Eating a variety of foods and consuming less salt, sugars and fast processed foods, are essential for healthy diet that will result in lose weight. You can also combine with physical activity routines that will fasten your progress of getting out from obesity.
- Getting adequate sleep
Although it may sound contra productive, your body needs to rest too. Especially when you have done a lot of heavy lifts at the gym. In fact, this is the best way to maximize your workout result as muscles will use this time to fix its tissue and regenerates its cells. Having adequate amount of sleep also helps you to feel relaxed and avoid stress that will drive you to obesity.