— Healthy BMI and adequate sleep both independently associated with risk of long COVID
by Ingrid Hein
A healthy lifestyle before COVID-19 infection was associated with a substantially lower risk of a post-COVID condition (PCC), or long COVID, a prospective cohort study suggested.
Over 19 months of follow-up, women in the Nurses’ Health Study IIopens in a new tab or window cohort who self-reported five to six healthy lifestyle factors — healthy body mass index (BMI), never smoking, high-quality diet, moderate alcohol intake, regular exercise, and adequate sleep — had a 49% lower risk of PCC compared with women with no healthy lifestyle factors (relative risk [RR] 0.51, 95% CI 0.33-0.78), reported Siwen Wang, MD, of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, and colleagues.