Two thirds of US COVID-19 hospitalizations may been preventable
Added 02-26-21 12:36:03am EST - “All four conditions are largely preventable through diet and exercise - meaning two thirds of 906,000 hospitalizations likely would have been too, the Tufts University researchers write.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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Americans with four conditions - obesity, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure and heart failure - account for two-thirds of all COVID-19 hospitalizations in the US, a new study estimates.
The Tufts University researchers note that many instances of these conditions are preventable, and those hospitalizations likely would have been too.
Notably, the study does not distinguish between type 1 and type 2 diabetes among hospitalized COVID+19 patients. While type 2 diabetes typically develops later in and is thought to be predominantly driven by lifestyle factors, type 1 is an autoimmune disease with significant genetic risk factors, and is less likely to be preventable.
The study suggests up that up to two thirds of 906,849 hospitalizations for COVID-19 - or about 575,000 of them - were attributable to the four conditions, and could have been prevented if those patients had not already been in poor health.
In a more measured estimation, the Tufts researchers write that a 10 percent reduction in rates of the four conditions could lead to an 11 percent reduction in COVID-19 hospitalizations.
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