Obesity is associated with frailty in obese older women, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Frailty, a condition that occurs in some older people, is characterized by physiological vulnerability and increased risk of falls, personal dependency, and mortality.
The study, conducted by the Women's Health and Aging Studies group, analyzed data from 599 women aged 70-79 years with a body mass index over 18.5 kg/m. Those classified as overweight showed a significant association with pre-frailty (a precursor condition to frailty), while being obese was associated with both pre-frailty and frailty.
A pattern of defining frailty indicators was observed in all frail women in the study, including slowness, weakness, and low activity.
In addition to its association with obesity, this research demonstrated that frailty is associated with diabetes, congestive heart failure, peripheral vascular occlusive disease, and osteoarthritis. With the increasing levels of obesity in America, older adults may have to face greater risk of frailty in addition to obesity related disease, say researchers.
Page: 1 Related medicine news :1
Contact: Sharon Agsalda
Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
. Obese girls less likely to attend college2
. Obese patients run higher risk of post-operative complications3
. Double jeopardy: Obese smokers at higher risk of death4
. Obese patients should not be discriminated against for treatment5
. Obese men more carb intolerant than obese women6
. Obese women with breast cancer may be undertreated7
. Obese workers pay lower due to health costs, Stanford study finds8
. Grandparents, older adults encouraged to seek help for a sleep disorder9
. Even older women at high risk have little interest in being tested for HIV, study finds10
. Osteoporosis screening and treatment may be cost-effective for selected older men11
. Antipsychotic drugs increase risk of death in older people with dementia