NEW DELHI: According to a recent study, those who lead unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles are more likely to experience fatal long-term health effects.
The study's authors analysed geographic maps of the US showing Covid-19 fatalities, various lifestyle behaviours, obesity, and chronic illnesses. The report was published in the American Journal of Medicine.
The study recognised the connection between unhealthy lifestyle choices and the one million fatalities from COVID-19 in the US.
There is a strong correlation between unhealthy behaviours and illnesses including low physician activity, obesity, diabetes, smoking, and worse outcomes from Covid-19 infections, the study found.
For medical professionals, this presents a trend that is both clear and disturbing, they said.
According to the study, the current state of health outcomes has been developing for decades and should be classified as a "syndemic," which is the development of two endemic or common maladies at the same time.
According to Dr. Carl Lavie, Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, "The truth of this comparison should be extremely eye-opening for many."
Promoting healthy habits and attending to everyone's health needs, particularly those in underprivileged communities who have been disproportionately affected by poor outcomes associated with chronic diseases and Covid-19, is the only way to stop the asyndemic we are currently experiencing, Lavie noted. Clinicians have known for a long time that unhealthy lifestyles and higher mortality rates are related.
People who have sedentary lifestyles, have bad eating habits, and have several chronic diseases are always more likely to experience negative health outcomes, said Lavie.