Monday, July 13, 2009

Obesity and H1N1 Deaths

Obesity has emerged as a risk factor for death from H1N1. I had heard some early reports of this, but is seems to be on the increase. Are you obese? Yes, if your BMI is > 30. Find out here.

In studies on obese H1N1 patients , researchers found many developed blood clots in the lungs. Interestingly, this has not previously been a finding in seasonal influenza deaths. Nor has obesity in itself been a risk factor for flu complications. In one H1N1 death study, of 10 obese patients who died from the disease, 9 were male.

Yet another reason to get on the treadmill.

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