More Evidence Ties Obesity to Disability in Older Women

Studies found higher risks for heart disease, mobility problems and early death

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APHA's Benjamin agreed, noting that losing weight can help control diabetes, improve arthritis pain, boost heart health and make a person better able to recuperate from knee or hip replacement surgery.

"This study emphasizes the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding excessive weight gain after menopause or in your late mid-life. By doing this, you will improve your chances, not only of living longer, but of being healthy and ambulatory in late-age," Rillamas-Sun concluded.

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