Why metabolic syndrome increases the risk of severe symptoms and death from COVID-19

A recent article published in The Lancet analyzed the association between the severity of the new coronavirus infection and a chronic illness.


According to the research, more than 50% of severe COVID-19 patients have Metabolic Syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of severe symptoms and death from COVID-19.

What are the health issues of people with metabolic syndrome?

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People with metabolic syndrome have at least three of the following health conditions:

  1. High blood pressure, with a blood pressure reading of 125/85 mm Hg;
  2. High blood sugar with a fasting blood sugar level exceeding 100 mg/dl;
  3. Excess belly fat (over 40 inches for a man, and 35 inches for a woman);
  4. High levels of LDL cholesterol;
  5. Triglycerides that excesses 150mg/dl.


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How do Age and an Unhealthy lifestyle Relate to Metabolic Syndrome?

As people age, the function of the internal organs declines, and various health problems arise. Research shows 55% of people with metabolic syndrome are over 65 years old.

Drinking alcohol, eating unhealthy food, staying up too late, and lack of exercise contribute to metabolic syndrome.


Why Does COVID-19 Hurt People with Metabolic Syndrome the Most?

People who live an unhealthy lifestyle tend to develop insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. They usually suffer from dysfunction of multiple organ systems, especially cardiovascular and immune systems. That is why COVID-19 hurts people with metabolic syndrome the most.


What lifestyle changes help and prevent metabolic syndrome?


Beneficial lifestyle changes that help and prevent metabolic syndrome include:

  1. Exercise over 30 minutes for at least four days a week;
  2. Consume more vegetables, plant protein, and avoid animal products raised with hormones and antibiotics;
  3. Avoid fructose;
  4. Control weight and reduce belly fat;
  5. Reduce alcohol consumption and drink less caffeinated beverages;
  6. Stop smoking.

Finally and most importantly, it would be significantly helpful if one learned to manage stress and anxiety with meditation, good sleep, and spiritual practice.




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