CDC provisional COVID-19 death counts revised downward to 37,308 on 1 May 2020.
While obesity may top the list of co-Morbidities, underlying conditions that make C-19 worse, investigations reveal most C-19 coronavirus patients have more than 1 underlying health issue.
A study looking at 5,700 New York City patients found 88% had more than 1 co-Morbidity. Only 6.3% had just 1 underlying health condition and 6.1% had none.
The real health emergency issue here is dysregulated glucose metabolism; in other words, insulin resistance, which is exceedingly prevalent in the US. Insulin resistance, is a diet-induced condition.
In this study,published in JAMA, high blood pressure at 53.1% beat obesity (41.7%) as the #1 most common co-Morbidity among hospitalized patients, followed by diabetes at 31.7% and coronary artery disease at 10.4%.
Co-author Karina Davidson, SVP for the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research told says:“Having serious comorbidities increases your risk … We want patients with serious chronic disease to take a special precaution and to seek medical attention early, should they start showing signs and symptoms of being infected …”
So, to summarize, the real pandemic here appears to be dysregulated glucose metabolism; in other words, insulin resistance, which is exceedingly prevalent in the US Insulin resistance, in turn, is a diet-induced condition.
Specifically, processed foods are loaded with added sugars, processed grains and industrially processed omega-6 vegetable oils and they are the primary culprits causing insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and obesity, and according to FoodNavigator.com, doctors are finally starting to talk about the food industry’s role in the C-19 pandemic.
“A cardiologist has blamed the food industry for ‘normalizing’ ultra-processed junk food as more evidence emerges suggesting poor diet is the root cause behind increased mortality from COVID-19,” FoodNavigator states, adding:
“In light of the mounting evidence that obesity and poor diet increases the risk of a severe response to COVID-19 infection, medical professionals now want the public health message urgently updated. And this, they warn, means the food industry bracing itself for regulation, such as bans on advertising and taxes …
Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, told the BBC that a Government and Public Health England failure to tell the public to change its diet would represent an act of ‘negligence and ignorance’ … For him, the pandemic highlighted that it was in the interest of everybody, including those in the food industry, to make sure the population was as healthy as possible.”
Dr. Malhotra stresses these views in his 18 April 2020, article “COVID-19 and the Elephant in the Room,” published in European Scientist. “Obesity and chronic metabolic disease is killing COVID-19 patients: Now is the time to eat real food,” he says.
Indeed, if our public health agencies really want to save lives, it is time to get onboard with nutrition.
“If this is not the time for Britain to reverse its epidemic of Type 2 diabetes, which as a single condition has been the most costly to the NHS, then when is?” Dr. Malhotra writes.
“Healthcare systems were already overstretched before COVID-19 because of decades of maldistribution of resources due to ‘too much medicine’ combined with our collective failure to implement policy changes to address the root cause of diet related disease, the unavoidable junk food environment.
The government public health message enhanced by the media to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives has been powerful and effective. Given the speed at which health markers for metabolic disease improve from dietary interventions, an equally strong if not more significant population health message should now be to ‘eat real food, protect the NHS and save lives.’
Such implementation backed by policy changes may not just save hundreds and potentially thousands of lives around the world in the coming months but given the high likelihood of another international viral pandemic in the next decade a healthier population and a subsequently more manageable health service will be much better equipped to handle what would then be a smaller mortality peak on the next occasion.”
The Junk Food Industry Faces Increasing Pressure.
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