Weight Affects Likelihood of Experiencing Severe Flu-like Symptoms

by Colleen Fleiss on  December 7, 2018 at 2:52 AM Research News
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Adults who are underweight or obese were found to have an increased risk of being hospitalized with influenza-like illness due to the flu virus or other respiratory viruses, found study published in Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses.
Weight Affects Likelihood of Experiencing Severe Flu-like Symptoms
Weight Affects Likelihood of Experiencing Severe Flu-like Symptoms

The observational study included 4778 hospitalized and outpatient patients with influenza-like illness in six hospitals in Mexico.

The risk followed a "U" shaped curve, where individuals at both extremes were more likely to develop severe influenza-like illness when compared with individuals with normal weight.

Source: Eurekalert

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