2009-11-19 A few extra pounds may help elderly live longer


(Reuters Health) - Prior to reaching the golden years, too much body fat tends to increase the risk of dying, but extra weight may have the opposite effect for older adults, a new study hints.

Higher fat mass in older adults "is thought to be an energy reserve that helps the individual survive illnesses and chronic conditions," Dr. Jennifer L. Kuk, from York University in Toronto, Canada, noted in an email to Reuters Health.(Read entire article)

2006-05-16 Elderly May Need Extra Pounds to Live Longer Lives



Body Mass Index may need to be adjusted for those over 80

May 16, 2006 - If you’re more than 80 years old, carrying a few extra pounds might not be such a bad idea. In fact, it may be beneficial. That’s one of the findings from a joint UC Irvine and University of Southern California analysis of body mass index (BMI) and mortality rates from participants of a large-scale study based in a Southern California retirement community.

The analysis found that study participants in their 80s and 90s who were overweight by BMI standards (25 to 29.9 range) had lower mortality rates than those who were in the normal range (18.5 to 24.9).

The findings suggest that the BMI scale, which applies to all adults, may not be appropriate for the elderly and should be age-adjusted. This supports other research offering the same conclusion. (Read entire article)