If you are a man or woman approaching 50, watch your waist, and if like many people you have to bend over to see your feet..beware!
It’s an increased waistline that can creep up your age, just as hair loss or excess wrinkles can.
Many see it as a natural development that is part of the life cycle, but this is not entirely the case, as a new medical study found that the expansion of the waist circumference above the normal rate would harm the physical capabilities of people who are old.
According to CNN, the study concluded that people with a medium or large waist circumference were 57 percent more likely to be physically frail than those with a normal waist circumference.
The study, published on January 23, 2023 in the BMJ Open medical journal, monitored more than 4,500 people in Norway over two decades when they were 45 or older.
Obese people at the start of the study – those with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher – were 2.5 times more likely to be physically frail than those with a normal BMI (18.5 to 24.9), according to the study.-
But weakness does not mean that the elderly is bending over a stick only, but rather this includes a weak hand grip, walking at a slower speed, a feeling of general fatigue, in addition to low physical activity, and weight loss.--
Obesity leads to increased inflammation in fat cells, which can damage muscle fibers “resulting in reduced muscle strength and function,” according to Shrishti Uchi, PhD research fellow in nutritional epidemiology at the University of Oslo in Norway, who co-authored the study.
The researchers concluded that the findings highlight the need to monitor overall weight gain and any elevation in waist circumference and broaden the definition of frailty.
And exercise can help counteract the increased fragility that old age may bring to a person. Adults should perform major muscle-strengthening exercises at least two or more days each week, as well as at least two-and-a-half hours of exercise per week at a moderate-intensity level, per the US Department of Health and Human Services guidelines.
In a previous interview with CNN, Dr. Nica Goldberg, medical director of Atria New York City and clinical assistant professor of medicine at New York University Grossman School of Medicine, said, “Reducing body fat and building lean muscle can help improve balance.” and physical structure.”
“We know that individuals who are obese are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer, so improving posture is beneficial,” Goldberg added.