Arthritis and Obesity Trouble Older Women

Arthritis and Obesity Trouble Older Women

Posted on 01. Feb, 2010 by in In the News

Women may live longer than men, but we’re more likely to suffer from disabilities related to obesity and arthritis during our senior years. Among nearly 6,000 men and women over the age of 65 enrolled in the Cardiovascular Health Study, women experienced up to two-and-a- half times more disabilities than men of the same age. Up to 48 percent of the gender gap can be attributed to higher rates of obesity and arthritis among the women.

“This is important because it suggests that women’s tendency to pack on extra pounds in their child-bearing and perimenopausal years translates into loss of independence in their old age,” says researcher Heather Whitson, MD. “The findings of our study are more troubling when you consider the increasing rates of obesity among women,” adds the study’s lead investigator Harvey Jay Cohen, MD. “We need to help women make better decisions earlier in life.”

A healthy, balanced diet and exercise obviously go a long way toward maintaining a healthy weight. But if you’re trying to lose weight, a variety of nutritional supplements can offer support.

* Essential Fatty Acids: Help control appetite
* Chromium: Reduces sugar cravings by stabilizing the metabolism of simple sugars
* Vitamin C: Speeds up a slow metabolism
* Calcium: Involved in activating lipase, which breaks down fats
* CoQ10: Essential for energy
* Amino Acids (L-Arginine, L-Carnitine, L-Glutamine, etc.—look for a blend): Help decrease body fat, reduce cravings, and aid weight loss in many other ways.

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