Weight loss may improve bone health in elderly

April 28, 2006 in Nutrition for Older Adults, Nutrition Topics in the News

Weight loss may improve bone health in elderly

Latest study findings examining the bone health of obese older adults have found moderate weight loss to be linked to improving physical function and bone health.

Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine examined the effects of 26 weeks of diet and exercise against no treatment in 27 frail, obese older adults.

The treatment group received weekly weight loss meetings and participated in exercise training three times a week for six months while consuming a diet with a deficit of 750 kcal, while the control group did not receive any treatment.

During the study period, the treatment group lost 8.4 percent of body weight and experienced a loss in fat mass. No change was present in the control group. The treatment group had improved physical function, muscle strength, walking speed, endurance and balance.

Researchers noted the importance of these findings in the Archives of Internal Medicine since frailty is often linked to loss of independence in older adults.

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