Linking unhealthy lifestyles to deaths from COVID-19

Að tengja óheilbrigðan lífsstíl við dauðsföll af völdum COVID-19

US COVID-19 mortality rates reported to CDC, by state/region (deaths per 100,000). Source: 1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases_deathsper100k. AS = American Samoa; FSM = Federated States of Micronesia; GU = Guam; MP = Northern Mariana Islands; PW = Palau; RMI = Republic of the Marshall Islands; VI = Virgin Islands. Credit: American Journal of Medicine (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2022.06.006

The American Journal of Medicine has published an article acknowledging the link between unhealthy lifestyle behaviors and a million deaths from COVID-19 in the United States. Dr. Carl “Chip” Lavie, Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute was the senior author of this manuscript.

In 2022, the United States surpassed one million deaths from COVID-19. The publication states that there is a significant relationship between unhealthy behaviors and conditions such as low physician activity, obesity, diabetes and smoking, and poorer outcomes from COVID-19 infections.

“Physicians have long been aware of the link between increased mortality and unhealthy lifestyles,” said Dr. Lavie. “Sedentary individuals with poor eating habits and multiple chronic conditions are always more likely to experience negative health outcomes.”

Linking unhealthy lifestyles to deaths from COVID-19

Dietary habits and body mass index across the United States. Source:18 Althoff T, Nilforoshan H, Hua J. Leskovec J. Large-scale dietary data reveal heterogeneous relationships between food environment and diet. Credit: American Journal of Medicine (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2022.06.006

The article explains that the current state of health has been building up for decades and should be considered a syndrome, which is the simultaneous occurrence of two common health conditions or endemic diseases. In this paper, the authors compare geographic maps of the United States detailing deaths from COVID-19, several lifestyle behaviors, obesity, and chronic diseases. With this, a pattern is obvious and quite alarming for doctors.

“The reality of this comparison should be somewhat more open to a lot of people,” Lavie said. “The only way to combat the disease we are experiencing is to promote healthy lifestyles and address the health needs of all, especially those in underdeveloped communities who have been disproportionately affected by the adverse outcomes associated with chronic disease and COVID-19.”

More information:
Ross Arena et al., Mapping One Million Deaths from COVID-19 and Unhealthy Lifestyle Behaviors in the United States: Recognizing the Syndromic Pattern and Taking Action, American Journal of Medicine (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2022.06.006

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