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Half of those hospitalized due to Covid-19 are obese

The 42nd Turkish Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases Congress, organized by the Turkish Endocrinology and Metabolism Association, started online.

Speaking at the press conference held within the scope of the Congress, President of the Turkish Endocrinology and Metabolism Association Prof. Dr. Evaluating the relationship between obesity and Covid-19, Füsun Saygılı said that obesity is the second most important cause of preventable deaths after smoking.


Emphasizing that the World Health Organization (WHO) defines obesity as an epidemic and that its frequency is increasing in both adults and children and adolescents in Turkey, Saygılı said:

“Studies conducted in the process of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has affected the world for about 18 months, show that approximately half of those hospitalized due to Covid-19 have obesity, in other words, the disease is severe enough to require hospitalization in those with obesity. The advantage of being young is not experienced in obese individuals, the incidence of Covid-19 is increasing in young people with obesity.

Prof. Dr. Saying that a recently published study showed that the course of Covid-19 in men with obesity is worse than women with obesity, he said that individuals with obesity should be taught proper nutrition principles, home exercises, breathing exercises, and should be recommended to come to the light of day. .


Turkish Endocrinology and Metabolism Association Board Member Prof. Dr. Mine Adaş stated that when diabetes and Covid-19 are mentioned, an epidemic can be mentioned in an epidemic, and gave the following information:

“There is a two-way interaction between diabetes and Covid-19. Covid-19 is more severe in diabetics, impairs glycemic control, and diabetes aggravates the clinic of Covid-19. Diabetes is generally associated with obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases.

Diabetic kidney disease is one of the major complications of diabetes. In addition, poor glycemic control has a negative effect on the immune system. All of these are effective in the poor prognosis of the Covid-19 clinic in diabetics. In addition, staying at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, limitation of movement, disruption of diet, negative effects of stress-related hormones on blood sugar, and the increase in blood sugar of steroids used in the treatment of Covid-19 are the negative effects of Covid-19 on diabetes. “

Stating that during the epidemic period, patients with reports do not have a problem in accessing their medicines, but the fact that patients are hesitant to apply to the hospital with the concern of contamination causes disruption of the controls, adding that they have recently encountered patients whose blood sugar control has been severely impaired.


Turkish Endocrinology and Metabolism Association Board Member Prof. Dr. Alper Sönmez gave information about the problems experienced in obesity treatment in Turkey and the steps to be taken to solve these problems.

Stating that obesity is the most important health problem of the world and Turkey, Sönmez stated that this treatment requires the cooperation of an experienced team and health professionals from different disciplines.

Prof. Dr. Sönmez, “Miracle diets without scientific basis, miracle herbs, miracle drugs or miracle surgical methods are recommended for obesity patients, obesity patients are abused.

From time to time, these unscientific approaches are reported by some media organizations in an uncontrolled manner. There is intense information pollution especially in the internet and social media environment.

The approach in obesity treatment is clear. Causes of obesity, accompanying diseases and complications are investigated. The treatment is planned for the patient-specific reasons and other accompanying problems, “he said.


Pointing out that surgery is the last step in the fight against obesity, Sönmez completed his words as follows:

“The two basic methods that are generally used for this purpose in the world are tube stomach and gastric bypass surgeries. Non-routine surgical applications should only be performed under experimental conditions. The method that is frequently advertised as ‘Diabetes Surgery’ is one of them. If sugar cannot be controlled by medical treatment, it may benefit from tube stomach or gastric bypass treatment.There is no routinely applicable surgical intervention that is accepted as ‘Diabetes Surgery’ in the world. The most important solution to obesity problem is prevention of obesity “

At the meeting, Vice President of the Turkish Endocrinology and Metabolism Association Prof. Dr. Ayşegül Atmaca “Covid-19 and Thyroid Diseases”, Turkish Endocrinology and Metabolism Association Research Secretary Prof. Dr. Erol Bolu gave information about “Polycystic Ovary Syndrome”.

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