Infection by the novel coronavirus entails more risks for people suffering from chronic conditions such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes, according to a Turkish endocrinologist.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Dr. Mustafa Altay underlined that 71% of all deaths in the world were caused by chronic conditions, including hypertension, obesity and diabetes.

The obesity rate among adults in Turkey is 28.8%, with the prevalence of hypertension at 27.7% and of diabetes 13.7%, Altay said.

In people aged 65 and over, diabetes and obesity are observed twice as often, while hypertension is three times more frequent, he added.

“These diseases disrupt

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