Swine Flu: Obesity aggravates the course of the disease?


12/07/2009

Michigan scientists were puzzled: why are some cases of swine flu obese people, lead to a very serious condition and exacerbate the disease?

According to the statistics, an impressive number of people infected with swine flu, a condition which was regarded as very heavy, obese moderate or severe. Health officials explain the serious condition of patients that obese people are more likely to suffer from asthma and other conditions that make them more susceptible to disease. That is, obesity alone as a factor of increased risk in the ordinary flu, never noticed.

However, a recent report of the Ministry of Health of Michigan cases have been described with ten patients in whom there is a very serious condition as a result of swine flu. Three of them died.

Nine out of ten patients were obese moderate and severe. Only three out of ten people had any other health problems. Two of the three dead men had no other abnormalities in health.

These data are hardly explain the question of whether obesity itself is a risk factor for swine flu. It is possible that the patients had undiagnosed heart problems or other unidentified disease.

It was also observed that there were five patients blood clots in the lung, and kidney failure in six. Such complications were noted in the past, some patients with swine flu, but in such proportions - never.

Studies have shown that physicians should be prepared to serious complications in patients with a new virus H1N1, especially in people who are obese.

According to the World Health Organization on 12 July 2009 in total there are more than 109,000 cases of human infection with the H1N1 virus in more than 130 countries worldwide. Victims of infection has become more than 400 people. You can always download the news ticker and be aware of all the world’s news.

Original: Physorg.com


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