Low Weight and Overweightness in Older Adults: Risk and Clinical Management

Jahangir, Eiman, De Schutter, Alban and Lavie, Carl J. (2014) Low Weight and Overweightness in Older Adults: Risk and Clinical Management. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, 57 2: 127-133. doi:10.1016/j.pcad.2014.01.001

Author Jahangir, Eiman
De Schutter, Alban
Lavie, Carl J.
Title Low Weight and Overweightness in Older Adults: Risk and Clinical Management
Journal name Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0033-0620
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.pcad.2014.01.001
Open Access Status
Volume 57
Issue 2
Start page 127
End page 133
Total pages 7
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO
Publisher W.B. Saunders Co.
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Subject 2705 Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
Abstract The prevalence of individuals who are overweight or obese is growing exponentially in the United States and worldwide. This growth is concerning, as both overweightness and obesity lead to impaired physical function, decreased quality of life, and increased risk of chronic diseases. Additionally, overweightness and obesity are related to increased mortality among young and middle-aged adults. This weight-related risk of mortality is more ambiguous among older adults. In fact, obesity may be protective in this population, a relationship described as the "obesity paradox". In this review we discuss the effects of overweightness and obesity among the elderly on cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality, along with the risks of low weight. We conclude by discussing the goal of weight management among older adults, focusing particularly on benefits of preserving lean body mass and muscular strength while stabilizing body fat. Ideally, overweight or mildly obese elderly individuals should devise a plan with their physicians to maintain their weight, while increasing lean body mass through a plan of healthy diet, behavioral therapy, and physical activity.
Keyword Cardiovascular disease
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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