MAIL ONLINE: Overweight people with the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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Another study, published last week in the journal Obesity, found that overweight people with the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is linked to damage caused by smoking, ‘have more of the receptor or entry points required for coronavirus infection in their lungs’, said the lead author Dr Andrew Higham, a researcher in the division of infection, immunity and respiratory medicine at the University of Manchester. ‘This means these patients may be at a greater risk of developing Covid-19 due to increased opportunities for infection.’ There are 1.2 million Britons with COPD. It is clear that fat cells, too, produce more ACE2 receptors. ‘The more fat you have, the more ACE2 receptors you’ve got,’ says Professor Sanjay Sharma, a cardiologist at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Trust in South London and a spokesman for the European Society Of Cardiology.

Period25 May 2020

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  • Titleoverweight people with the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    Media name/outletMail Online
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date25/05/20
    DescriptionAnother study, published last week in the journal Obesity, found that overweight people with the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is linked to damage caused by smoking, ‘have more of the receptor or entry points required for coronavirus infection in their lungs’, said the lead author Dr Andrew Higham, a researcher in the division of infection, immunity and respiratory medicine at the University of Manchester. ‘This means these patients may be at a greater risk of developing Covid-19 due to increased opportunities for infection.’ There are 1.2 million Britons with COPD. It is clear that fat cells, too, produce more ACE2 receptors. ‘The more fat you have, the more ACE2 receptors you’ve got,’ says Professor Sanjay Sharma, a cardiologist at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Trust in South London and a spokesman for the European Society Of Cardiology.
    URLhttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-8355617/Cell-receptors-increase-risk-coronavirus.html
    PersonsAndrew Higham

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • coronavirus
  • obesity
  • COPD