Friday, April 9, 2010

Obesity May Boost Pneumonia Risk In Men

“Men who carry excess pounds may also carry an excess risk of pneumonia, a new study hints. However, researchers note that the effect appears to be indirect. "This risk is driven by the development of chronic diseases related to obesity, rather than by obesity itself," Dr. Jette Brommann Kornum of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, who led the study, told Reuters Health in an email. Rates of hospital admission for pneumonia have been on the rise over the last decade -- up 20 to 50 percent in Western countries. At the same time, more and more people worldwide are putting on unhealthy...

No comments: