Exercise and dieting tied to reduced disability in obese older adults

Lisa Rapaport, Reuters Health
August 09, 2018
By Lisa Rapaport, Reuters Health
Exercise and dieting tied to reduced disability in obese older adults
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Obese older adults who increase their exercise may have less fatigue and disability, but they may see an even bigger improvement if they also cut back on calories, a U.S. study suggests.

Researchers randomly assigned 180 obese adults, ages 65 to 79, to do aerobic exercise, either by itself or combined with moderate or severe calorie restriction for 20 weeks. All of the participants were sedentary but generally healthy and had not smoked in the previous year.

"The health benefits were the same for those who ate 250 less calories per day as those who ate 600 less calories per day," said lead study author Barbara Nicklas of Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. | READ THE FULL STORY

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