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Why do 'underlying health conditions' put us more at risk?

Updated: Jul 8

COVID-19 causes inflammation of the lungs - pneumonia - and kills us when our immune system spirals out of control and causes damage throughout the body. Acute respiratory distress syndrome, caused by the widespread inflammation in the lungs, then stops the body getting enough oxygen it needs to survive. It can stop the kidneys from cleaning the blood and damage the lining of your intestines. And if the immune system cannot get on top of the virus, then it will eventually spread to every corner of the body where it can cause even more damage and eventually everything shuts down and we die. If we have 'underlying health conditions', it stands to reason that all of the above will have a better chance of getting us. From the evidence so far, it seems that those suffering from chronic conditions, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart conditions, are more at risk. All of the work that I do around helping people improve their metabolic health, focuses on improving the immune system and reducing inflammation in the body. We do this by changing the way we eat. The main protagonists causing health conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, T2 diabetes etc., are sugar and processed carbs - which, for many of us, our bodies cannot deal with in the volumes we feed them - even if we exercise like mad to balance the overall calorie load! In theory, if you have reviewed and changed the way you eat and have reduced your chances of developing the conditions that make up metabolic syndrome (and don't smoke), you should be in a better position to tackle the virus - but I can't promise that... Seemingly fit and healthy young people have been succumbing, although some of those highlighted have definitely been significantly overweight and so possibly harbouring so far unexposed conditions - which is not mentioned, or at least picked up on. Anyway, only time will tell. Let's not temp fate but also don't let that healthy eating you have been practising go out of the window due to boredom, emotional eating, or because it may get more difficult to source the less processed foods. #staysafe #lifestylenotlifesentenceđź’‹

BBC News - Coronavirus: What it does to the body


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