OBESITY & COVID-19: THE UNIQUE CHALLENGES OF LIVING IN A PANDEMIC

Everyday our lives adapt to fit the “new normal”—routines are adjusted, plans are modified, and lifestyles are changed. Living in a pandemic is a reality that millions of people are trying to get used to. For the 40% of Americans who struggle with obesity, COVID-19 has raised unique challenges that put their health at risk.

UNIQUE CHALLENGES

Comorbidities: Obesity often goes hand in hand with a number of common occurring medical conditions: sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. As researchers have learned, many of these underlying conditions are common in the sickest COVID-19 patients. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently published their study on over 5,700 patients around the New York City area. Their research unearthed an unfortunate trend; many hospitalized patients also had an underlying condition: 57% had high blood pressure and just over one third had a form of diabetes. Patients in the study who had diabetes were also more likely to develop kidney issues or be placed on a ventilator while hospitalized.

Race & Ethnicity: Certain racial and ethnic minority groups are disproportionately impacted by obesity; these same minority groups are also found to be at increased risk of COVID-19.

Metabolic Changes: Elevated leptin levels (the “hunger hormone”) are an identifying symptom of obesity and influence on the body’s metabolism. Professor Barry Popkin of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health claims these metabolic changes tied to excess weight can reduce the immune system’s ability to fight diseases. This reduced function of the immune system influences the outcome of COVID-19.

Patient Care: Individuals with severe obesity who are affected by COVID-19 and require intensive care often encounter challenges when it comes to patient care and management; difficulty in transport and position by nursing staff, need for more bariatric hospital beds, challenging intubations, and difficulty in obtaining imaging diagnosis.

Vaccines: Studies show that obese adult recipients of the flu vaccine are TWICE AS LIKELY to get the flu despite being vaccinated. Vaccines for COVID-19, like the flu shot, may be less effective in the obese population.

Now more than ever, taking care of your health should be a priority. The New York Bariatric Group is here to help you begin the journey to a healthier and more sustainable life!

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When it’s time to start a successful weight-loss journey, it’s time to call NYBG! We’re the best practice around and our numbers prove it:

  • 15 skilled surgeons who are leaders in bariatrics
  • 18,000 successful procedures performed with more every day
  • The #1 gastric balloon practice by volume – most balloons placed in the United States
  • 24/7 access to online seminars
  • 100s of videos for patients explaining procedures, answering common questions, and showcasing previous patients
  • Multiple offices located in three states; NY, NJ, CT
  • Since 2000, we boast 20 years of success!

Our commitment to patient success and excellence has earned us accreditation from the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This prestigious achievement recognizes only the top bariatric practices. Stop waiting; start achieving better health today. Together, we’ve got this!

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OBESITY & COVID-19: THE UNIQUE CHALLENGES OF LIVING IN A PANDEMIC

Thomas

Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole

Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert

Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha

Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Eileen

Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Brittany

Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Desiree

Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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