Following healthy lifestyle may reduce risk of long COVID – Harvard

Key points:

  • A healthy lifestyle was associated with a reduction in the risk of long COVID
  • Findings suggest simple lifestyle changes, such as having adequate sleep, could prevent long COVID symptoms

Women who followed most aspects of a healthy lifestyle, including healthy body weight, not smoking, regular exercise, adequate sleep, high quality diet, and moderate alcohol consumption, had about half the risk of long COVID compared with women without any healthy lifestyle factors, according to a study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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“With ongoing waves of COVID-19, long COVID has created a serious public health burden. Our findings raise the possibility that adopting more healthy behaviors may reduce the risk of developing long COVID,” said Andrea Roberts, senior research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health and senior author of the study.

The study appeared online February 6, 2023, in JAMA Internal Medicine.

It’s estimated that 8-23 million Americans suffer from long COVID, which is defined as having COVID-19 symptoms four weeks or more after initial SARS-CoV-2 infection. Symptoms can include fatigue, fever, and a variety of respiratory, heart, neurological, and digestive symptoms.


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6 responses to “Following healthy lifestyle may reduce risk of long COVID – Harvard

  1. Also, a positive attitude, which people tend to forget goes hand in hand with good health. Stress is a killer.

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  2. This is a great study that could help prevent long COVID. Keep up the good work!

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  3. I wonder for how many people, the stress of contracting COVID made them more susceptible. By following some basic protocols and changing my type of activity I felt at ease enough to not feel I was adding to my level of stress.

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