Obesity increases the risk of becoming critically ill with COVID-19 By Juan Hidalgo on April 02, 2020

covid-19COVID-19 or the Coronavirus pandemic has made all countries of the world vulnerable to health issues and many global citizens are losing their lives to this illness. This new coronavirus, COVID-19 is a respiratory virus which spreads easily when a person who is infected coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose or mouth. This virus attacks mainly the lungs. That is why it is very important to protect yourselves by taking all the measures necessary as well as strengthening our immune system.

People of all ages can be infected by COVID-19. However, older people and obese people with medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with this virus. That is, being obese CAN seriously affect the body’s immune system and increase inflammation as well as the extra weight can put additional pressure on the lungs as well as clogging up the arteries making it harder for blood carrying immune cells to circulate and travel through the body to be able to fight against the virus. Overweight people also have excess weight and pressure on their chest making harder for muscles to draw in deep breath, creating excessive pressure on their lungs and making breathing more difficult than a normal-sized sick person.

We all know that Health officials have always warned that obesity can weaken the body’s immune system, so this situation would allow COVID-19 to spread to the lungs and cause pneumonia in a much quicker and easier rate amongst obese patients. As such, today’s Coronavirus pandemic situation is a warning for obese people to take care of their health and do something to protect their lives as this virus most likely will return like the flu on a yearly basis.   

Weight Loss Team and Dr. Hidalgo in Puerto Vallarta Mexico give obese people the opportunity to use a great tool of having Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico, to change their lives in many aspects.  The main benefit is directly related to a patient’s HEALTH, as with weight loss an obese patient ends up with a healthier new lifestyle, where their blood pressure normalizes, their heart has less stress, as do their lungs and overall their body, in general, ends up being in a better condition post weight loss surgery. The Gastric Sleeve procedure, for example, is a surgery that takes about 45 minutes to perform, it is considered to be less complicated than Bypass Surgery and with a very low complication rate which brings profound changes to the life of a patient such as remission or improvement of obesity-related health conditions such as:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Fatty Liver disease
  • Joint pain
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Among others

COVID-19 is lethal to patients that become infected with many of the comorbidities listed above and typically found in obese people, especially patients that are dealing with Diabetes, Cancer and Heart disease.  Since being overweight raises the risk of serious complications from COVID-19 or even death from this disease, obese people must take the opportunity to change their lives while there is still time to do so and especially before they become infected with the COVID-19 virus.  Weight loss surgery is an important decision and luckily it can still be done in Mexico as the hospitals are still allowing for elective surgeries in the country.  Doctors always mention that the immune system of obese people constantly suffer from trying to protect the body from the damage caused by being overweight. Because of this, an obese patient’s body’s defense system has very few resources left to fight against a new infection such as COVID-19.

At a time like now where there is a pandemic that is killing thousands of people and infecting millions, it is very important to take steps to tackle obesity that obviously affects people’s quality of life, such as starting by eating a healthy reduced-calorie diet, exercise regularly while you are in your homes, and ultimately if you need to lose 60 or more pounds, then truly consider having weight loss surgery as soon as possible to help you get out of the Obesity class and back to a normal weight. It is important to consider having surgery in safe Puerto Vallarta as not only are there almost no reported cases of COVID-19 but also flights are still operating into the city and the border is not closed to airlines where traveling by car across the border to Tijuana may not work.   Weight Loss Surgery with Dr. Hidalgo and Weight Loss Team in Puerto Vallarta is a great option to help you get your life back and to help keep you from having health-related issues caused by COVID-19 in the future.

During the time of the COVID-19 crisis, Dr. Hidalgo and Weight Loss Team understand the difficult situation people are facing and dealing with and as such have introduced A Peace of Mind Guarantee which allows you to make your surgery deposit now, thus locking in the current price for your surgery but also once booked you may postpone and change your date of surgery as needed without losing your deposit until this crisis comes to an end. 


Of course, Weight Loss Team, and its staff of experts will be more than ready to guide you through your weight loss journey before and after having your Weight Loss Surgery in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico as well any other revision surgery options you may need if you are not satisfied with your weight loss results. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

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