Obesity Drives Risk for Influenza-Related Hospitalizationadmin
Among adults with overweight or obesity, each 5 points increase in BMI is associated with a 40 percent increase in the risk for influenza-related hospitalization, according to a study in the International Journal of Obesity. The increased risk is comparable to adults who have cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Compared with normal-weight adults, those with BMI between 30 kg/m² and 40 kg/m² were 27 percent more likely to receive an influenza diagnosis, whereas adults with a BMI at least 40 kg/m² were 69 percent more likely to receive an influenza diagnosis.
This was a “bad” flu season and it has stretched for a long time. There are multiple scientists working on a more universal vaccine, but the bottom line is that we have not completely figured out the flu and people still die from it. In 1918 nearly a third of the planet had it and millions died. THAT was a “BAD” flu. Regardless of which flu, obesity increases your susceptibility. Not good. Another unwanted obesity related complication. Diabetes, Heart disease, arthritis, Stroke, Joint disease and now flu. You may ask: Does it ever end?
Only after surgical weight loss . . .
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