Obese people at increased risk of Covid-19, here’s how to prevent it

01/7The relation between obesity and COVID19

While we all are vulnerable to the deadly COVID19 virus, it has been recently found through a research that the risk is high with those suffering from obesity. Published in the science journal ‘Frontiers in Genetics’, experts have found a surprising link between obesity, high blood pressure and COVID19. (Image courtesy: Canva)

02/7The Study

The study was carried out by researchers at the Queen Mary University of London who used a novel approach called ‘Mendelian Randomisation’, which leveraged on the individual genetic information to investigate the effects of cardiovascular risk factors on the risk of COVID-19 infection. Lead author Dr. Nay Aung from the Queen Mary University of London said, “Our results show that individuals with high body mass index (BMI), a marker of obesity, and high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (also known as ‘bad’ cholesterol) are at an increased risk of getting COVID-19. Other cardiovascular risk factors (high blood pressure and diabetes) do not appear to elevate the COVID-19 risk.” (Image courtesy: Canva)

03/7​The solution

According to health experts, obesity has always been a matter of concern as it gives birth to many health issues. The new revelation establishing an association between obesity and increased risk of Coronavirus has surely raised concerns regarding maintaining good health. If you are also the one, who is suffering from obesity, here are a few tips to keep in mind. (Image courtesy: Canva)

04/7​Consume less bad fat

According to a story published in the Nutrition Journal, intake of healthy dietary fibre such as polysaturated fats, improve cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of obesity. (Image courtesy: Canva)

05/7​Avoid processed and sugary food

It has been proven that consumption of processed food is bad for you as it is high in fat, salt, sugar which encourages overeating. (Image courtesy: Canva)

06/7​Eat more fruits and veggies

Increasing the veggies and fruits intake can keep calories reasonable and reduce the risk of overeating. (Image courtesy: Canva)

07/7​Eat low-glycemic index food

It is recommended to eat low-GI foods that can help blood sugar levels at ease and ultimately help in weight management. (Image courtesy: Canva)

Courtesy: Times of India


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