(Washington Post) Obesity turned out to be a major risk factor for covid hospitalization and death, especially non-elderly. According to the CDC, it is linked to impaired immune function and decreased lung capacity; it can make ventilation more difficult. Once again, obesity indicates that it’s killing us.
Category Archive: Patient Wellness
SUMMARY: In a recent study by The Harris Poll on behalf of TIME, the overwhelming majority of Americans (78%) admitted to delaying routine medical services and health care appointments due to the coronavirus pandemic. The health care industry should invest more in patient outreach, communication and education.
WHAT’S GOING ON: (Times) Rejecting the advice of its scientific advisers, the federal government has released new dietary recommendations that sound a familiar nutritional refrain, advising Americans to “make every bite count” but dismissing experts’ specific recommendations to set new low targets for consumption of sugar and alcoholic beverages. American adults consume an average of 77 grams of sugar per day, more than 3 times the recommended amount for women. This adds up to around 60 pounds of added sugar annually – that’s six, 10-pound bowling balls.
QUICK READ: It will be more than a year for the U.S. healthcare industry to return to normal, according to a new estimate from InCrowd. Physicians expect the new normal to be sometime around August 2021, once a vaccine for the coronavirus has been distributed. The delay, for some patients, could mean the difference between a lengthy hospital stay and Rx.
QUICK READ: Spending too much leisure time in front of a TV or computer screen appears to dramatically increase the risk for heart disease and premature death from any cause, perhaps regardless of how much exercise one gets, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Obesity is the leading cause of death in America, costing the health care system $1.72 trillion and it’s getting worse.
QUICK READ: American teenagers and young adults are having less sex. Today’s young adults are on track to have fewer sex partners than members of the two preceding generations. People now in their early 20s are two and a half times as likely to be abstinent as Gen Xers were at that age; 15 percent report having had no sex since they reached adulthood. This is not something that can be solved by our pill culture.
- 80% of employees at companies with robust health and wellness programs at work feel engaged and cared for by their employers.
- When comparing employees with and without a wellness program at work over 18 months, those who had a wellness program had significantly higher rates of self-reported exercise (70% vs. 62%) and weight management efforts (69% vs. 55%).
- The Center for Prevention and Health Services estimates that mental illness and substance abuse issues cost employers between $79 and $105 billion annually in indirect costs.