A joint study - the first of its kind - by UK BioBank and Oxford based diagnostic imaging company Perspectum, found people with more than ten percent fat in their were more than twice as likely to be hospitalised with Covid-19 than those who had healthy (less than five percent) levels of fat in their liver.
The work, which examined liver scans from 42,146 UK BioBank volunteers and 397 patients tested for coronavirus in hospitals, also discovered being obesity in itself itself did not increase the risk of covid complications.
However, those who were obese, and had fatty liver were two and a half times more likely to be hospitalised from coronavirus infection.
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The UK BioBank data found as many as 1 in 9 of the adult population has more than ten percent fat in their liver. This means 1 in 9 adults would be at increased risk.