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  • Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome Are Risk Factors for Severe Influenza, Covid-19

    Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of severe disease from viral infection, according to a review of the literature performed by a team of researchers from St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, both in Memphis. The research appears this week in the Journal of Virology, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology.

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  • Obesity Linked to Social Ties in Older Women, More So Than in Men

    Women who lack social ties have a greater likelihood of being obese, according to new UBC research published today in PLOS One. Men, on the other hand, were less likely to be obese if they lived alone and had a smaller social network.

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  • Obesity in Young Adulthood Tied to Later Venous Thromboembolism

    Men who are obese or severely obese in young adulthood have an increased risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE) later in life, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine.

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  • Overweight And Obesity Are Associated With A Low Sperm Quality

    Infertility affects between 10 and 15% of all couples of reproductive age and can be caused by a wide variety of factors: genetic, physiological, environmental and nutritional. Although there is increasing scientific evidence about the role of nutrition in sperm quality, there is still controversy about the role of overweight, obesity and low weight in sperm parameters.

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  • Obesity Is a Complex Disease — Is Your Doctor Treating It That Way?

    Obesity medicine takes an individualized approach

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  • Covid-19 Severity Is Increased in Patients With Mild Obesity

    The risk of greater COVID-19 severity and death is higher in people with any obese body mass index (BMI), according to a study to be published in the European Journal of Endocrinology. The study findings showed that BMI over 30 was associated with a significantly higher risk of respiratory failure, admission to intensive care and death in COVID-19 patients, regardless of age, gender and other associated diseases.

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  • Why Is Obesity So Common in Covid-19 Patients?

    A hormone that connects the body's metabolism and immune response system may explain why COVID-19 is so dangerous for people with obesity.

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  • Obesity Ups Risk for Intubation, Death With Covid-19 in Adults Under 65

    Obesity is associated with an increased risk for intubation or death among hospitalized adults with COVID-19, with the association observed in adults younger than 65 years but not in older adults, according to a study published online July 29 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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  • Most internists-in-training feel ill-equipped to treat obesity

    Most resident physicians training in internal medicine do not feel adequately prepared to manage obesity in their patients, a new survey from a California residency program finds. The results were accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting, and will be published in a special supplemental section of the Journal of the Endocrine Society.

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  • Child obesity linked to higher mortality risk in young adulthood

    Obesity in children is associated with an increased risk for premature mortality in young adulthood and with an increased risk for anxiety and depression, according to two studies published online in March in PLOS Medicine and BMC Medicine.

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