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Study finds that just a few extra pounds can lead to critical COVID cases

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Video Transcript

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DARIUSH MOZAFFARIAN: Well, COVID is a really unusual and dangerous virus because it not only attacks the lungs, but it attacks the lining of the blood vessels. And it also thrives in settings of inflammation. And obesity, diabetes, and related conditions are diseases where the blood vessels are less healthy. The endothelial cells lining them are less healthy. There's low-grade inflammation throughout the body. And so COVID is like pouring gasoline on a smoldering fire.

You not only attack the lungs, but you really attack the whole body. And so this is one of the great, so far, missed opportunities to try to tackle COVID is to get healthier.

MIKE SIMPSON: When we say a little extra weight, what do they mean in the study by a little extra?

DARIUSH MOZAFFARIAN: Well, in this study, they had a large population from England, hundreds of thousands of people. And when they looked at weight, they saw that any increase in body mass index, which is kind of an overall sign of excess weight, kind of in a stepwise way, leads to higher risk of poorer outcomes with COVID hospitalization, being admitted to the ICU, or deaths. So not getting infected in the first place, but having a bad outcome.

So basically, every unit of BMI, which is approximately 5 or 10 pounds on an average person, every 5 or 10 pounds, risk went up again and again and again.

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