Message from Dr. Brown
We would like to share with you some of the research that has become available regarding the relationship between obesity and the COVIID virus. The Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases studied over 3,000 COVIID 19 patients and found that those with obesity were twice as likely to require care in hospital, three times as likely to be admitted to ICU and this increased for patients who had underlying health conditions. They found that carrying extra fat stresses the body and that the fat is biochemically active. The kind of fat that forms in your abdomen produces signalling molecules called cytokines that promote inflammation, part of the body’s immune response. The effect is like having an intrinsic cellular war constantly going on. An infection such as COVIID is like dropping a bomb on top of it all. Your fat cells act like a reservoir for the virus.
We are bombarded by the frightening media messages that we are struggling to control the spread of the virus and just when we will think we can take a breath we are told we will be dealing with a resurgence of the virus. While it essential to follow the safety protocols of social distancing and washing our hands, our very best long term weapon against this nasty virus and those that may follow is to make sure we have a strong immune system and a healthy body.
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