A recent article published in The Lancet analyzed the association between the severity of the new coronavirus infection and a chronic illness.
According to the research, more than 50% of severe COVID-19 patients have Metabolic Syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of severe symptoms and death from COVID-19.
What are the health issues of people with metabolic syndrome?
People with metabolic syndrome have at least three of the following health conditions:
- High blood pressure, with a blood pressure reading of 125/85 mm Hg;
- High blood sugar with a fasting blood sugar level exceeding 100 mg/dl;
- Excess belly fat (over 40 inches for a man, and 35 inches for a woman);
- High levels of LDL cholesterol;
- Triglycerides that excesses 150mg/dl.
How do Age and an Unhealthy lifestyle Relate to Metabolic Syndrome?
As people age, the function of the internal organs declines, and various health problems arise. Research shows 55% of people with metabolic syndrome are over 65 years old.
Drinking alcohol, eating unhealthy food, staying up too late, and lack of exercise contribute to metabolic syndrome.
Why Does COVID-19 Hurt People with Metabolic Syndrome the Most?
People who live an unhealthy lifestyle tend to develop insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. They usually suffer from dysfunction of multiple organ systems, especially cardiovascular and immune systems. That is why COVID-19 hurts people with metabolic syndrome the most.
What lifestyle changes help and prevent metabolic syndrome?
Beneficial lifestyle changes that help and prevent metabolic syndrome include:
- Exercise over 30 minutes for at least four days a week;
- Consume more vegetables, plant protein, and avoid animal products raised with hormones and antibiotics;
- Avoid fructose;
- Control weight and reduce belly fat;
- Reduce alcohol consumption and drink less caffeinated beverages;
- Stop smoking.
Finally and most importantly, it would be significantly helpful if one learned to manage stress and anxiety with meditation, good sleep, and spiritual practice.
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