Pandemic proportions with a complexity of multiple risks and indicators

Pandemic proportions with a complexity of multiple risks and indicators

No other co-condition is such a compounder and confounder of morbidity and mortality for every and any incurrent disease. Its inherent risk runs the entire gamut from cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, inflammatory bowel disease, clinical depression, infections and now even to COVID-19. The likelihood of a worse outcome is elevated exponentially by this condition. Did you say “smoking”? No, it’s the epidemic of obesity that has rapidly spread around the globe in the past decades.

The prevalence of obesity continues to rise dramatically in both developed and developing countries and its global health implications are serious. What exactly is obesity? And what are the causes? This complex and multicausal condition is characterized by the accumulation and storage of excessive body fat in relation to muscle mass to an extent that it adversely affects health and wellbeing. Albeit not obvious, even slim individuals can have “fat” in unhealthy places, like between their vital organs. A widely accepted method to measure body composition is dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA).

Morbid obesity correlates with malnutrition in general, but with a deficiency in dietary selenium in particular. As a person’s weight gets into the dangerous range, selenium, like other essential micronutrients including calcium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin C among others, is shown to become depleted because of poor uptake. Indeed, dietary selenium intake appears to impact body fat percentage, causing variations between 9%-27%. Unlike selenium status, which is measured in the blood, the formula for measuring obesity is called Body Mass Index (BMI): an adult’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of their height in meters. Studies indicate that red flags should start going up at BMI > 30. BMI is easy to calculate online, for example, on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Understanding all the intricacies of how this health-essential trace element cGMP-manufactured by biosyn impacts the lives of persons struggling with obesity is not quite as straightforward. That is why the German-based manufacturer has elucidated the many correlations between selenium deficiency and obesity in its “Selenium deficiency in Focus” series:

  1. diseases of civilization
  2. micronutrients
  3. dietary variety
  4. health harmony