Jakarta, TOPNews Indonesia –
Less exercising or physical activity associated with a risk of severe symptoms and death from Covid-19. Recent studies have found Covid-19 patients with a lifestyle sedentary was found to have a higher risk of death.
More specifically, the study noted, people who were physically inactive for at least two years prior to the pandemic were more likely to have to receive intensive care due to Covid-19.
Launch AFP, physical inactivity is one of the risk factors for death from Covid-19, after old age and a history of organ transplants.
“Indeed, compared to other modifiable risk factors such as smoking, obesity or hypertension, physical inactivity was the strongest risk factor among others,” write the investigators in the study published in British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Previously, old age, male gender, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease were mentioned as risk factors that aggravate Covid-19. However, only this study includes sedentary lifestyle variables as a risk factor.
Researchers followed as many as 48,440 adult Covid-19 patients in the United States. They were infected between January-October 2020.
The average patient was 47 years old. Three out of five of them are in the women’s group. Their mean body mass index hovered around 31, just above the threshold for obesity.
About 50 percent of them do not have comorbids such as diabetes, heart disease, and others. Twenty percent of them had one comorbid, and 30 percent had two or more.
All patients were asked to report their level of routine physical activity at least between March 2018 and March 2020.
About 15 percent reported being physically inactive, with a duration of 0-10 minutes of physical activity per week. As many as 80 percent reported moderate levels of physical activity, with a duration of 11-149 minutes per week. And seven percent of them were found to be active according to health guidelines, with a duration of 150 minutes per week.
Researchers found that Covid-19 patients with low or moderate physical activity were twice as likely to undergo hospitalization as those who were active.
They were also 73 percent more likely to need intensive care and 2.5 times more likely to die.
However, this study is only observational. This means that the results of the study cannot be used as a benchmark regarding the lack of exercise or physical activity as a risk factor for aggravating Covid-19.
These findings also rely on potentially biased patient self-reporting.