Categories: COVID-survivors

Some COVID Survivors Can’t Regain Weight Lost During Illness

By Amy Norton

HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, July 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Some people severely ill with COVID-19 may struggle to regain lost weight for months afterward, a new study shows.

While COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory illness, it’s become clear that the infection can wreak havoc on the body in many ways. Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms — like nausea, diarrhea and even bleeding in the digestive tract — are among the manifestations.

In some cases, GI problems are the only obvious symptom, said Dr. Arvind Trindade, of Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y.

Exactly how GI issues resolve in patients seriously ill with COVID has been unclear.

So Trindade and his colleagues examined records from more than 17,000 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in their health system between March 2020 and January 2021.

Overall, they found, nearly one-fifth had GI problems when they arrived at the hospital.

Most often that meant gastroenteritis, an inflammation in the digestive tract that causes symptoms like nausea, cramps and diarrhea.

Meanwhile, many other patients developed GI bleeding, while a small number had inflammation in the pancreas, which can trigger abdominal pain and vomiting.

Another common issue was malnutrition — which can happen when patients are seriously ill in the hospital for long periods of time, Trindade said.

Since COVID can spur widespread inflammation in the body, it’s not surprising that patients commonly suffer GI symptoms, said Dr. Aaron Glatt, a spokesman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America who was not involved in the research.

But another finding was something of a surprise to Glatt: Of patients who became malnourished during their hospital stay, a significant percentage were still having trouble regaining weight six months later.

Trindade agreed that it’s striking, and there’s no clear explanation. In his experience, patients with persistent weight loss say they are trying to put on pounds — with the help of protein supplements, for example — but just can’t do it, he said.

More research is needed to understand the reasons, he said, adding, “There’s still so much we’re learning about COVID.”


The findings — published recently in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology — are based on 17,462 patients hospitalized for COVID-19. More than 3,200, or 18.5%, had GI manifestations.

Of those patients, 715 returned three and/or six months later for an outpatient visit. For 90% or more, problems with gastroenteritis, pancreatitis and GI bleeding had resolved.

Meanwhile, 81 patients with malnutrition were still unable to gain weight at the three-month mark. Their median weight loss was around 15 pounds — meaning hal

Read More

News Bot

Published by
News Bot

Recent Posts

A Trainer Shared 3 Selfies to Show How His Body Changes During the Day

We don't think we're shattering any illusions here, but Instagram selfies aren't always true to…

8 mins ago

18 High-Protein Meals That’ll Fill You Up for Hours

You already know that protein is one of the main cornerstones of a healthy meal.…

8 mins ago

The Butt Workout That Keeps Christopher Meloni in ‘Zaddy’ Shape at 60

Thanks to his love of running and waterskiing, Christopher Meloni already had strong glutes. But…

8 mins ago

The Rock Just Explained to the Internet Why He Doesn’t Have Six-Pack Abs

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been training harder than ever over the last year to…

8 mins ago

Will Smith Perfectly Captured What It’s Like When the Pre-Workout Kicks In

For Will Smith, 2021 has been the year of the fitness journey. After snacking through…

8 mins ago

Fourier spaces: From fast fourier transformations to non-uniform FFTs

We've detected unusual activity from your computer network To continue, please click the

9 mins ago