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Extra Weight Linked To Better Outcomes For Septic Shock, Asthma Exacerbation

Although is linked to a variety of health risks, new research indicates that may have an advantage over patients in certain health situations, including septic shock and .

In two separate studies presented at CHEST 2012, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, researchers compared outcomes in obese (BMI >30) vs nonobese patients with either septic shock or acute . Results showed that, although obese patients with asthma are more at risk for , near fatal exacerbations were more prevalent in nonobese patients.

Likewise, obese patients with septic shock had decreased mortality compared with nonobese patients. Researchers attribute this “obesity paradox” partly to a blunted pro-inflammatory cytokine response in obese patients.

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This study was presented during CHEST 2012, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, held October 20 – 25, in Atlanta, Georgia.
American College of Chest Physicians