Metabolic Syndrome Linked to Worse COVID-19 Outcomes

A new study, which recently appeared in the journal Diabetes Care, finds that people with metabolic syndrome are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 outcomes, including requiring ventilation and death.Metabolic Syndrome Linked to Worse COVID-19 Outcomes

Metabolic syndrome is an umbrella term for several conditions that affect a person’s risk of heart conditions and other health problems, according to the National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute (USA).

For the study, a team of scientists analyzed data from 287 patients diagnosed with the novel coronavirus at two hospitals in New Orleans, US, between March 30 and April 5, 2020. Overall, 66% of the people met the threshold for metabolic syndrome.

The results of the analysis showed that people with metabolic syndrome had a higher risk of dying from COVID-19 (3.4 times) compared to people without metabolic syndrome.

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