Middle Age Stomach Bulge

Middle-Age "spread" may reduce lifespan for women in the long run, new study says

Lots of people think it's fairly normal to add on 10 pounds or so a decade. They say they can't do much about it, and that its a part of aging.

It's commonly called 'middle-age spread'. But, for a woman? It reduces the chance of leading a long, healthy life free of chronic disease, according to a new medical study recently published.

Presented in the British Medical Journal, this latest study tackles the connection between weight gain and life expectancy, and found the more weight a woman gained in the ages 32-45 (middle-age range technically), reduced the chance of living a healthy life after age 70, or even being alive past that age.

The study included data on 17,000 women, and they found after sifting through reams of data and statistics that just under 10% percent of them were considered healthy after age 70.

"Healthy" was defined as being free of one of 11 diseases, mobile, and with good cognitive functioning and still able to be completely active and do everything for themselves.

The really sad number: Only 10% of those in the study maintained a totally healthy weight through the entire study.

The study also showed that gaining weight very early (age 18-25) and gained more than 20 pounds at those ages tended to fare even worse, getting sicker at earlier ages and generally displaying poor health at age 60 or so (and a few didn't make it that far).

It's very clear: gaining weight and that "middle-age spread" hands women a distinct disadvantage when they get older, and that weight and mortality can be pretty closely linked.


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