March 24, 2017
The benefits of physical activity on CVD may outweigh the negative impact of overweight and obesity in middle-aged and older adults, according to published data.
“Overweight and obesity is associated with a higher risk [for CVD] and it is recommended to lose weight,” Klodian Dhana, MD, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in the department of epidemiology at Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, Netherlands, said in a press release. “But in the elderly, this is slightly different because weight loss, especially unintentional, is associated with muscle loss and death. ... We investigated the combined impact of BMI and physical activity on [CVD] in middle age to elderly population.”