Keto and Mediterranean diets could help people recover after COVID infection

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Scientists from Università Telematica Pegaso and elsewhere suggest that the keto and the Mediterranean diets may help obese people recover after COVID infection

The COVID-19 disease pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2, has spread all over the globe, infecting hundreds of millions of individuals and causing millions of death.

It is also known to be linked to several medical and psychological problems, especially in patients with obesity and weight-related disorders who in general pose a strong global public health problem.

These specific affected individuals are at a greater risk of developing poorer COVID-19 clinical outcomes and experiencing a higher rate of death.

Little is still known about the best nutritional approach to be adopted for this disease, especially in the patients’ post-COVID syndrome.

Some people who have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 can experience long-term effects from their infection, known as post-COVID conditions or long COVID.

In the current review study, researchers examined the evidence about diet and physical exercise methods for obese people after COVID-19 infection.

They proposed an ideal dietary and physical activity approach that the patient with obesity should follow after CoVID-19 infection in order to reduce the health problems linked to the post-COVID syndrome.

Currently, no specific nutritional recommendations exist to manage the patient’s post-CoVID syndrome.

The team reported a nutritional therapeutic approach based on a ketogenic diet followed by a transition to the Mediterranean diet in people post-infection by COVID.

This diet method is combined with a physical activity program to address health conditions linked to the post-COVID syndrome.

The research was published in Current Obesity Reports and conducted by Luigi Barrea et al.

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