Sign up for Englemed updates from TwitterSign up for Englemed updates from Facebook
Contact Englemed
Our contact email address.
We can provide a specialist, tailored health and medical news service for your site.
Click here for more information
RSS graphic XML Graphic Add to Google
About Englemed news services - services and policies.
Englemed News Blog - Ten years and counting.
Diary of a reluctant allergy sufferer - How the British National Health Service deals with allergy.
BookshopFor books on women's health, healthy eating ideas, mental health issues, diabetes, etc click here

WWW Englemed
Copyright Notice. All reports, text and layout copyright Englemed Ltd, 52 Perry Avenue, Birmingham UK B42 2NE. Co Registered in England No 7053778 Some photos copyright Englemed Ltd, others may be used with permission of copyright owners.
Disclaimer: Englemed is a news service and does not provide health advice. Advice should be taken from a medical professional or appropriate health professional about any course of treatment or therapy.
Heart failure ranked 'less important than potholes'
Tues June 28th - Heart failure is deemed less important than potholes in roads and pavements in the UK, according to an analysis published today. More
Cannabis users' increased risk of hospital admission
Tues June 28th - Canadian researchers have called for curbs on the globally rising levels of recreational cannabis because users have an increased risk of needing emergency care and hospital admission for any cause. More
On 09/10/2020 William Haworth wrote:
How long is recovery time after proceedure... on Ablation cuts atrial fibrillat...
On 08/02/2018 David Kelly wrote:
Would you like to write a piece about this to be i... on Researchers unveil new pain re...
On 23/10/2017 Cristina Pereira wrote: on HIV breakthrough - MRC...
On 12/09/2017 Aparna srikantam wrote:
Brilliant finding! indeed a break through in under... on Leprosy research breakthrough...
On 01/07/2017 Annetta wrote:
I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years.... on Seaweed plan for antimicrobial...

How weight aids seriously ill patients

Friday May 25th, 2018

Carrying extra weight improves patients’ prospects during treatment for a range of life-threatening conditions in hospital, according to a series of studies published yesterday.

Studies presented at the conference of the European Association for the Study of Obesity suggested that being overweight or obese improves survival chances when hospitalised for infection, sepsis or treated in intensive care.

An analysis of 35,000 patients in Denmark found survival chances doubled for those who were overweight or obese after admission to hospital for infectious disease of any kind.

Sigrid Gribsholt, of Aarhus University Hospital, reported: "Overweight and obesity were associated with substantially reduced 90-day mortality following incident hospital admission for infection.”

Meanwhile researchers found a 20% reduction in mortality risk for patients in the US treated in hospital for pneumonia linked to being overweight or obese.

Researchers analysed some 1.7 million patient episodes in 1,000 hospitals.

The researchers, from Taipei, Taiwan, report: "Using a large and nationally representative sample of over 1,000 hospitals in the US, we found that increase in body mass index was significantly associated with improved survival in patients hospitalised with pneumonia.

“We also found that severity and comorbidity burden had a modifying effect on survival."

A second study, reported to the conference in Vienna, Austria, by the same team in Taipei, found improved survival from sepsis among overweight and obese patients. This analysed some 3.7 million admissions in 1,000 hospitals.

The researchers found being overweight linked to improved survival chances of about 20%.

A fourth piece of research, from the Netherlands, found that obese patients in intensive care experience less muscle wasting than other patients.

The analysis involved 26 patients, of whom nine were obese. The researchers say the obese patients had a “distinctly different” pattern of muscle wasting.

Researcher Jeroen Molinger, of Erasmus MC University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, Netherlands, reported: "Critically ill patients with obesity seem to have higher muscle quality, as measured by ultrasound at the point of admittance to intensive care compared to non-obese patients. This might be the metabolic protective shield also described as the 'obesity paradox'."

Tags: A&E | Asia | Europe | Fitness | North America

Printer friendly page Printer friendly page

Comment on this article:

<a>,<b> & <p> tags allowed
Please enter the letters displayed:
(not case sensitive)