The above article suggests that the amount of muscle in your chest is a much better indicator of survival than amount of body fat when you visit the ICU.
Larger PMA at admission was associated with significantly better outcomes, including higher rates of 6-month survival ..., lower rates of hospital mortality ..., and more ICU-free days (.... In contrast, SAT was not significantly associated with any of the measured outcomes.PMA = Pectoralis Muscle Area. SAT = Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue.
What this says to me as a patient who spends a lot of time in the hospital, and some of that time will be in the ICU, is that I should maintain my body fat and muscle mass pretty much the same as a healthy individual.
It is also a bit of a concern for me as during my last visit the Doctor mentioned that the muscles in the right side of my chest are shrinking. Back to the kettlebells I go.
Something to talk with my Team about during our next visit.
12/9/18 - Muscle mass and core strength are also shown to help with lung transplant recovery.