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  1. Arti says:

    So I emailed about 35 cardiology friends of mine across the country who helped connect us to ICU physicians in a diverse areas spanning from Washington state to New York City and Florida. This makes it hard to get oxygen from the air to the blood, so the diaphragm has to work even more—and obesity restricts this. We ended up with data from six hospitals related to about 260 patients, and they all followed the same relationship we’d first seen at Johns Hopkins. Our data show that if you are younger and you end up in the hospital with COVID-19, it’s more likely that you are obese. After the initial observations at Hopkins, we had enough data to see a significant correlation between having a higher BMI (Body Mass Index) and a younger age in the COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care. With COVID-19, we’re also seeing that the membranes separating the lung airway sacs and blood vessels surrounding them become leaky, allowing fluid to enter the airways. One is based on physics. People with substantial obesity—say a BMI over 35—are carrying a lot of excess weight mostly in their abdomen, below the diaphragm. This would be true, really, for any respiratory disease. Studies have now shown obesity increases the likelihood that you’ll end up in a hospital or an ICU, and that your disease course can be more severe. Studies have now shown obesity increases the likelihood that you’ll end up i

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