27 minutes | May 3rd 2020

Aseem Malhotra: Obesity, a major risk factor for Covid-19 mortality

We are in the war against Covid-19 for the long term. The virus is likely to be with us for many months, if not years, and as we emerge from the global lockdowns, everyday life is looking very different. Re-imagining a post-coronavirus world will likely involve changes that go to the heart of how we live - our diet, personal hygiene, social behavior and work/life balance.  As we learn more about the virus, it is becoming clear that a healthy body is a vital prerequisite to fighting the disease.  In this episode of the Live Long and Master Aging podcast, Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, explains why he believes obesity is a prime risk factor for mortality from Covid-19.  He also suggests that the pandemic should act as a wake-up call for global populations, pursuing unhealthy lifestyles, consuming too much sugar and processed foods.

Dr Aseem Malhotra is a National Health Service (NHS) Consultant Cardiologist in the UK, and visiting Professor of Evidence Based Medicine, Bahiana School of Medicine and Public Health, Salvador, Brazil. 

In the episode we cover: 

  • How a "horrendous state” of baseline general health, in many western populations, is relevant to Covid-19
  • Ref. European Scientist: Covid 19 and the elephant in the room (April 16, 2020)
  • The myths surrounding the health of people in Mediterranean countries. 
  • What is optimal metabolic health? Blood pressure, waist circumference, blood triglyceride, HDL, and HbA1c levels.
  • Nature:  Endocrine and metabolic link to coronavirus infection (April 2nd, 2020)
  • Lifestyle lessons from Covid-19.
  • Personal hygiene and why it matters. 
  • Imagining the post-coronavirus world.  

Listen to Dr. Malhotra’s previous LLAMA podcast interview
Episode 03: Waging war against sugar

The Live Long and Master Aging podcast shares ideas but does not offer medical advice.  If you have health concerns of any kind, or you are considering adopting a new diet or exercise regime, you should consult your doctor.

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