High Risk for COVID-19
Written by Dallas Vein Specialists on July 6, 2020
It is well recognized that pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease put people at higher risk of COVID-19 complications and death. Advanced age also has been established as a high-risk factor as well.
Consider the following:
- Pre-existing heart disease raises the likelihood of dying with COVID-19 by 3-fold
- Diabetes, also raises chance of death by 3-fold
- Chronic kidney disease by 2-fold
- Evidence thus far shows that obesity is a risk factor for hospitalization and a poor outcome and is second only to age for these risks when there are no other health conditions present.
Also consider that 70% of the US population is overweight and 40% are obese.
Considering all the above risks and health conditions, about HALF of AMERICANS are at INCREASED RISKS of COMPLICATIONS from COVID-19!
It does not have to be this way. Looking at the risks above, it is clear that diet and lifestyle are driving these risks in our country. While no one can change his or her age, there are changes, healthy changes, in both diet and the way we live that can decrease our risks in this and any future pandemic.