We all slow down as we age and obesity only makes it worse.
But a new study finds combining a weight loss program with a popular exercise routine may be the way to get more elderly, obese people active.
Dr. Quaratulain Syed with Cleveland Clinic says, “Those who were in the group where there was exercise and diet together did better. So, they did lose weight but they did not lose a lot of muscle weight and they did not have a lot of bone loss.”
Researchers put 93 obese, elderly people on several weight management plans. Some were put on a stricter diet, some asked to exercise, others had to do both. Results show the group in the combined diet and exercise group fared best.
Researchers say they saw a greater improvement in this group’s physical function than with either intervention alone.
Doctors say its never too late to get control of your weight. Syed says, “You may go out and do some walking, like 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week is the best exercise. So, besides trying to watch calories it’s really important that we be physically more functional.”
Complete findings for this study are in the “New England Journal of Medicine.”
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