Obesity and the Elderly

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Obese older adults that have undergone cardiac surgery at higher risk of poor functioning

Obese older adults, that have undergone cardiac surgery, are known to have an increased number of post-operative complications. A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania has analysed the impact of these complications on overweight and obese people’s...
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Weight loss at any age results in cost savings

A study from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health has suggested that helping an adult lose weight leads to significant cost savings. The peak for these savings is when the individual is 50 years old. These costs include direct medical costs...
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Physical activity has higher benefit the older you are

The results of an observational study have been published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. They show that the benefits of physical activity may outweigh the impact of obesity on cardiovascular disease. Data was collected on 5,344 individuals...
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The heavier you are the slimmer your chances of receiving hospice care

A new study from the University of Michigan has found that the heavier a person is, the less likely they are to receive a place at a hospice or die at home. The researchers analysed data from 5,677 elderly people taking part in a long-term health study....
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Does obesity affect your memory?

A new study from Indiana University has found that memory training has only a third of the benefit to older adults with obesity than it does to their normal weight counterparts. The researchers followed cognition over a period of 10 years and compared...
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Is bariatric surgery justified for the super-obese elderly?

Ample evidence supports the safety and effectiveness of bariatric surgery in the general adult population, but more information is needed in patients age 60 years and older (elderly). In England, in 2012/13, the annual Health and Social Care Information...
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