Lessons can be learned from COVID-19 pandemic; healthy lifestyle is key – The Oakland Press

Dr. Justin Skrzynski thinks one of the most tragic things to occur in the pandemic would be if people don’t learn from it.

“To go back to our old habits and say that was terrible, but we’re moving on. I think that would be the saddest thing because I think there are a lot of lessons that the pandemic has to teach us and how we treat ourselves and our bodies. And our mental health is paramount amongst those,’’ said Skrzynski, an internal medicine specialist at Royal Oak Beaumont.

In treating COVID-19 patients since the pandemic started, he noticed an alarming trend in terms of a constellation of comorbidities called a metabolic syndrome which is a combination of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes or pre-diabetes.

“That was definitely the majority of the sickest in-patents we had,’’ Skrzynski said. He added that those patients were hit very hard.

“Because there’s such a high prevalence of those things in the community. I think that’s a real wakeup call moving forward in terms of facing any additional variants or surges,’’ Skrzynksi said. “Hopefully we will not see those, but if we had to or if God forbid there’s another virus or pandemic, it’s cause for concern that we have such a vulnerable population.’’

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