COVID-19: A plant-based diet reduces the risk of serious illness.
COVID-19 protection through a plant-based diet?
With COVID-19, diet appears to have a major impact on the course of the disease. According to a recent study, a plant-based diet and a pescatarian diet (no meat, but fish) significantly minimize the incidence of severe COVID-19 courses.
According to the research team led by Dr. Hyunju Kim of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have already postulated several studies that dietary habits could have a decisive influence on the risk of COVID-19 infection, the severity of symptoms and the duration of illness. In their current study, the researchers have now examined the connection between eating habits and COVID-19 in more detail. The results of the study were published in the British journal “BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health”.
Diet has an impact on risk factors.
Obesity, type 2 diabetes, atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure are all risk factors for severe COVID-19 and are often associated with poor diet. Therefore, it was plausible to assume that diet could play a role in the risk of infection and the progression of COVID-19.
Associations with diet were examined.
The research team looked for likely links between certain dietary patterns and COVID-19 using data from 2,884 healthcare workers from six countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and the US). The researchers add, “We used multivariable logistic regression models to examine the relationship between self-reported diet and COVID-19 infection, severity and duration.”
COVID-19 was found in 568 people, but 2,316 remained healthy. 138 of the 568 illnesses were moderate to severe, while 430 people had a very mild to mild course of COVID-19.
Pescetarianism and a plant-based diet protect the body.
After correcting the data, the researchers found that people who reported a full vegetable or pescatarian diet had a 73 percent lower risk of developing moderate to severe COVID-19 than those who didn’t. However, they claimed that the plant-based diet did not reduce the likelihood of infection in general, it merely reduced the severity of the condition.
Researchers expect that by better understanding the links between dietary patterns and COVID-19, they will be able to better understand the role of diet in viral diseases in general. A plant-based diet can already be considered to prevent severe COVID-19 courses. (fp)
This text has been checked by medical professionals and complies with the requirements of specialist medical literature, medical recommendations and current studies. Short message from the Bulgarian Business Journal.