This One Condition Nearly Triples Your Chances of Dying From COVID-19

Doctors say the link between obesity and coronavirus is real—and deadly.

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We've long known that those with compromised immune systems or pre-existing conditions are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, but it turns out, obesity could be even more of an issue. According to Mark Hyman, MD, obesity triples your risk of death from the coronavirus. While much has been said about the many health risks of being obese, it's even worse during this very dangerous COVID-19 pandemic.

In a blog post on his website, Hyman wrote:

Those with obesity are almost 3 times more likely to die. Now, more than ever, it is critical for our population to focus on their own health and use food as medicine to bolster their own health and thereby reduce the overall burden on your health care system which is already buckling under the burden of COVID-19 layered on top of chronic disease, which affects 6 out of 10 Americans.

According to research out of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 40 percent of American adults have a body mass index (BMI) of over 30 percent, which is the medical level that signifies obesity. And 18 percent are severely obese, putting much greater stress on their vital organs.

The coronavirus pandemic has so far taken more than 32,000 American lives, and current projections suggest that close to 70,000 U.S. citizens will succumb to COVID-19. According to numerous medial professionals who have dealt with coronavirus patients in New York City hospitals, obesity is a condition that's causing serious complications.

"Obesity is more important for hospitalization than whether you have high blood pressure or diabetes, though these often go together," NYU Langone Health director Leora Horwitz, MD, told The New York Times. "It's more important than coronary disease or cancer or kidney disease, or even pulmonary disease."

Horwitz added that "obesity also appears to be a factor for higher risk of death from COVID-19, though to a lesser degree."

Staying healthy during stay-at-home orders and self-quarantine has become a real challenge, as is showing discipline in what food and drink you're eating. Reports of record sales of alcohol, snacks, and packaged foods have abounded over the past month. But, as Hyman said, there has never been a more critical time to focus on healthy living. And for important information on COVID-19, read these 7 Subtle Ways You Could Get Coronavirus Without Realizing It.

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