Monday, May 4, 2009

Although Women Live Longer, They Do Not Live Better, Largely Because Of Obesity And Arthritis

Obesity and arthritis that take root during early and middle age significantly contribute to women's decreased quality of life during their senior years, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center. In a study that included 5,888 people over 65, women suffered up to two and a half times more disabilities than men of the same age. Higher rates of obesity and arthritis among these women explained up to 48 percent of the gender gap in disability - above all other common chronic health conditions. ‘While women tend to live longer than men, this study shows that they are at greater risk of living with disability and much of the excess disability is attributable to higher rates of obesity and arthritis,’ said Heather Whitson, M.D., assistant professor of medicine and lead investigator of the study presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society..."

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