Saturday, April 2, 2011

Combo Regimen Best to Keep Obese Seniors Going

By Todd Neale, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Exercise and weight loss both appear to help obese older adults maintain function, although combining the two provides the most benefit, a randomized controlled trial showed.

After one year, participants 65 and older who participated in both a diet and exercise program had greater gains in physical performance than those who did either one alone, according to Dennis Villareal, MD, of the New Mexico VA Health Care System in Albuquerque, and colleagues.

The combined strategy also resulted in the most consistent gains on several secondary endpoints, including strength, balance, gait, and quality of life, the researchers reported in the March 31 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
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