By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 23, Jan 2021, 18:23 pm IST | UPDATED: 23, Jan 2021, 18:23 pm IST
The severity of Covid-19 is potentially high in obese or diabetic people. The fact is that the immunity and the process of healing may be slower in an obese person than a healthy person," Navneet Sood, Pulmonary Consultant, Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, told IANS.
"Such conditions also influence the immune system's response to vaccines. The same is applied to Covid-19 vaccine. But there is no study yet which strongly confirms the direct relation between Covid-19 vaccines' effectiveness and obesity," Sood added.
Obesity can cause chronic, low-grade inflammation, which is thought to contribute to the increased risk of conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. As a result, people who are obese might have higher levels of a variety of immune-regulating proteins, including cytokines.
The immune responses unleashed by cytokines can damage healthy tissue in some cases of severe Covid-19, according to the report.