THE ANGEL, March 25, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – A. February 26th items via NPR reports across some US states, including new York and TexasAdd obesity to their list of medical conditions that make affected individuals questionable for COVID-19 vaccination. Previously, vaccination was reserved for elderly patients or those with certain pre-existing conditions that made it likely that they would have to be hospitalized if infected. However, new evidence strongly suggests that excessive weight may be one of the biggest predictors of severe COVID-19 infection. One recently CDC study provides context for these new government guidelines: People with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher are at least 7% more likely to require intensive medical care and 8% more likely to die from COVID-19. Patients with a BMI of 35 or higher are at even greater risk. Southern CaliforniaWeight loss-based center West Medical says the risk of severe COVID-19 infection is just another reason people struggling with obesity should seek medical help and possibly some form of weight loss surgery or treatment want to consider.

According to West Medical, obesity puts a strain on virtually every system in the body, which is probably why COVID-19 infection is so severe in obese patients. From decreased mobility and joint problems to increased risk of heart and respiratory disease, the effects of obesity are widespread and significant. While this may cause patients to start losing weight, the weight loss center says the process isn’t as simple as exercising and eating better. The center says that even when patients lose weight without help, maintaining that weight loss can be extremely difficult for those who were once severely obese, as the body may perceive the lost weight as a threat to survival. This leads to increased production of hunger hormones, which leads to frequent feelings of hunger. The center adds that fighting this ramped up hormone production is not a matter of willpower. It’s biology at work.

To complicate matters, obesity can be caused by many factors, including genetics, long-term lifestyle choices, psychological issues, and more, says West Medical. Treating obesity without also addressing the causes can be another cause of failure, the center said. The Medical Weight Loss Group adds that while these factors taken together can be demoralizing, the good news is that medically assisted weight loss has a strong track record. The center says patients undergoing surgical operations such as a Gastric cuff procedure usually they experience a significant decrease in their appetite. The center says the procedure removes most of the stomach, which makes overeating uncomfortable, but a welcome side effect is that it also tends to reduce the body’s ability to make the hunger hormones that patients overeat in the first place eat, greatly reduce. According to West Medical, medical intervention will better equip obese patients with the tools to successfully lose weight, enabling them to live healthier lives.

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