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Obesity affects health of older women

May 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new study from Duke University found women over 65 suffer up to 2.5 times more disabilities than men the same age.Researchers blame obesity and arthritis for nearly half of those disabilities.

Results were presented Saturday at the American Geriatrics Society's annual meeting in Chicago.

About 5,888 men and women older than 65 were enrolled in the Cardiovascular Health Study at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

A researcher said the study suggested the tendency to put on extra weight with child-bearing, and around menopause, means a loss of independence for women as they grow older.

Researchers say the study suggests women should be encouraged to make better decisions earlier in their lives.

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