|Mortality curve, by Body Mass Index. Data from Britain. Source|
|This slide shows the dispersal of data for various studies investigating anticoagulants administered after Covid is diagnosed. One study shows increased mortality. The other four show improvement.|
One thing this meta-study (a study that combines the data from several other, similar studies) is that the results can be skewed by which studies you include, which you leave out and how you choose to weight them.
As a parenthetical note: That 81mg aspirin you might be taking every day is considered an anticoagulant and a NSAID, that is, Non-steroidal, Anti-inflammatory Drug.
Moderate exercise as an a way to reduce inflammation markers
One of the things that sucks about BMI studies is that it takes a long time to move your BMI any significant amount. That is, unless you choose to have your leg amputated.
It is accepted as common knowledge among doctors who study inflammation that "moderate" exercise significantly reduces the chemical markers for inflammation.
That may be more significant than it appears. Those markers may be the chemical switches than turn various reactions on-and-off.
It might take half a year of relentless dieting to move your BMI from 31-to-26 (or from 40-to-35). Wouldn't it be nice if you could get the same benefit by squeezing three or four hours of walking into your week? Not only that, but that protection would show up within a few weeks of when you started walking.
Putting my money where my mouth is
The weather is unsettled today.
Mrs ERJ convinced me to put an alarm on my phone for those periods when I am most likely to be ensconced in the official ERJ Blogging Recliner.
The "snooze" is set for 30 minutes with ten repeats.
The expectation is that I will hop out of the recliner and do SOMETHING physical every time the snooze goes off.
Today I am putting on a backpack (47 pounds) and climbing the stairs down to the basement 10 times.
Six sets of ten is about 500 feet of elevation.
Low-dose aspirin is cheap. Climbing stairs is cheap. In a highly politicized environment, it is impossible to shake-down donors who take matters into their own hands.