Why Are so Many COVID Patients Dying of Sepsis?

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • In July 2020, famous Broadway actor Nick Cordero died of complications from COVID-19, including septic shock, or sepsis
  • Sepsis is a leading cause of deaths overall, and it’s also an important contributor to the death of COVID-19 patients — one that’s been flying largely under the radar
  • The symptoms of sepsis may be confused with those from a bad cold or the flu, and include high fever, chills, confusion, rapid heartbeat, nausea or vomiting and cold, clammy skin
  • A sepsis treatment protocol developed by Dr. Paul Marik, which involves intravenous vitamin C with hydrocortisone and thiamine (vitamin B1), has been shown to dramatically improve chances of survival in sepsis cases

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Fight Deadly Infections as Sepsis with Mung Beans

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Lower Fat Hormone Levels Turn Blood Infection Deadly

TORONTO – Below normal levels of a natural fat hormone may heighten death risk from sepsis — an overwhelming infection of the blood which claims thousands of lives every year — says an Indian-origin Canadian scientist.

The study by St. Michael’s Hospital researchers and the University of Toronto (U-T) focussed on adiponectin, a hormone secreted by visceral fat surrounding the abdominal organs.

“We hypothesised that low adiponectin levels might predispose such individuals to develop sepsis and sepsis-related problems,” says Subodh Verma, associate professor of surgery at the University of Toronto.

“This initial hypothesis was borne out by our latest research.”

Using an animal model designed to mimic what occurs in people with low levels of adiponectin, scientists observed that mice with low levels of the hormone were at much greater risk of dying from a blood infection. Sepsis could be prevented if the animals were given additional adiponectin.

The risk of dying from sepsis after surgery is known to be two-and-a-half to three times higher in people with “metabolic syndrome” — a combination of factors including abdominal obesity, high blood fat composition, high blood pressure, diabetes and high inflammatory and blood clot indicators.

People with these conditions tend to have lower levels of adiponectin which may prime them to greater sepsis related complications, says an U-T release.

The findings were presented Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons held in Chicago.