It takes a pandemic to recognize a pandemic. Now that the meaning of the word is fully understood globally, it will be easier to understand that the increased factors in a subset of the population is none other than metabolic disease, which has also reached pandemic proportions. This is the clash of two pandemics where one is highly published in the media and the second not as much.
Metabolic disease includes excess weight, obesity, diabetes, hipertension, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, polycystic ovarian disease and even some cancers. It is all caused by excess insulin and insulin resistance. The most recent data shows that up to 52% of the U.S. population has pre-diabetes or have full fledged diabetes. Having pre-diabetes is like being "kinda" pregnant. Sooner or later the pre-diabetic will develop the disease. Another study shows that 50% of the U.S. population have some type of Cardiovascular disease. More and more research indicate that diabetes and cardiovascular disease are one in the same, just different manifestations of the same disease. Since metabolic disease is a pro-inflamatory state, it is easy to understand why Covid-19 can raise havock in indivuduals with metabolic impairment and create a more aggressive form of the disease with higher lethality.
In the UK, where Obesity is also at an all time high, it seems that the government have their head in the right place! A push for reestablishing weight loss surgery can mitigate the higher risk in a matter of weeks. Boris Johnson was urged by The British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society to back increased access to bariatric operations. There is enough evidence that the treatment, approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, produces weight loss within 12 weeks and reverses type 2 diabetes and hipertension, all three are major Covid-19 risk factors.