Thursday, May 1, 2014

Extra Weight Harms Quality of Life In Elderly Women, But Not Men

A new study in the Journal of Aging and Health explored the impact of differential degrees of obesity on health-related quality of life (HRQL) in the Korean elderly between the ages of 65 and 74 years.

Compared with the lowest waist circumference (WC) quintile, the women in the fourth and fifth quintiles demonstrated significantly lower unadjusted HRQL but not the men in any quintiles. Whereas higher WC quintiles impaired mobility, usual activities, and pain/discomfort in women, the fourth WC quintile improved usual activities in men. After adjustment, only the women of the highest WC quintile reported impaired mobility

Extreme obesity worsens mobility, and comorbidity in combination with obesity worsens HRQL in elderly women. Monitoring and controlling comorbidity and maintaining adequate WC decreases the risks of lowered HRQL in Korean elderly women.

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