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Dr. Oz Outlines How to Reduce COVID-19 Complications Risk

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By    |   Monday, 15 June 2020 03:01 PM

Since the pandemic began, experts have been puzzled by the fact that certain populations are more affected than others by COVID-19.

Data shows African Americans have twice the complication rate with the disease as Caucasians. Northwell Health, a large New York hospital system, said that 88% of their hospitalized patients had two or more co-morbid conditions. Dr. Mehmet Oz said that these numbers mirror studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and statistics from other countries.

Dr. Oz, a renowned television talk show host and cardiothoracic surgeon, said that now is the time to tackle risk factors that are within our control to reduce the severity of the disease if we become infected.

In an article he wrote that was published in Forbes, the doctor pointed out that the president’s guidelines for reopening America recommended that “all vulnerable individuals shelter in place” for both Phase One and Phase Two.

“I noticed that if the guidelines were followed, 60% of our fellow citizens wouldn’t be going anywhere for quite a while,” he said. “But we can reverse these risks, starting with simple steps to move us from being Vulnerable to Vital.” The good news, he said, is that taking action will not only protect you against the complications of COVID-19, but also benefit your overall health.

Reduce blood pressure. High blood pressure — above 140/90 — is the biggest driver of aging and the most common risk factor among those hospitalized by COVID-19, said Dr. Oz. Walking or doing high intensity interval training while maintaining social distancing can help lower blood pressure, said the expert. He advised cutting back on simple sugars and consuming whole grains.

Lose inches off your waistline. Instead of using a scale, take a tape measure and measure your waistline, said Dr. Oz. “Men’s waists should be less than 37 inches and women’s less than 35 inches,” he said. Belly fat triggers inflammation, which inhibits the body’s ability to fight infections.

Tackle prediabetes. This condition affects one-third of the U.S. population. According to Lark Health, the CDC warned that older people with diabetes are at high risk for COVID-19 infections that can lead to hospitalization and the need for ventilation. Prediabetes is a high-risk condition for diabetes. The System 20 plan, featured on The Dr. Oz Show, offers tips on how to lose 20 pounds while reducing your risks of chronic illness by 20%, according to Forbes.

Stop vaping and smoking. Lung disease reduces our ability to fight pneumonia, one of the common complications of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Dr. Oz said that he tells his heart surgery patients: “At least for several weeks around your procedure, help me to help you by stopping smoking/vaping.” He said that the same advice is true for COVID-19, which could be as dangerous as heart surgery.

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