The Importance Of Weight Loss For Middle-Aged Women

The Importance Of Weight Loss For Middle-Aged Women

Getting Active And Sticking With Exercise Plans Have A Positive Impact On Your Long-Term Health.

MANY PEOPLE want to lose a few pounds—both men and women. And you probably know that slimming down just a little could help you feel better and improve your overall health.

Aging And Weight Gain

Many people tend to gain weight as they get older. This can be due to a number of factors, such as becoming less active or eating more unhealthy foods. You might feel like you have less energy as you get older, and this can make it harder for you to take care of yourself.

When you’re older, you’re more likely to have a family to take care of, a job that requires you to work a lot of hours and all sorts of other responsibilities that take up your time. This can make it tough to find time to take a walk with friends or go to the gym. And when you’re always rushing around, it’s much easier to get food from the drive-through than to prepare a healthy meal at home.

Women face some extra challenges to weight maintenance in middle age, such as multiple pregnancies and the transition to menopause.

The Research

The study followed 400 women with an average age of 44, who were all overweight or obese at the start of the study. All of the women in the study took part in a weight-loss program for up to two years.

The Results

The researchers found that at the end of the two-year period, women who had lost one-tenth or more of their body weight, kept it off and had greatly lowered their risk of diabetes and heart disease. These women had also lowered their level of triglycerides (fats in the blood) and LDL (bad) cholesterol, raised their HDL (good) cholesterol level and improved their blood glucose levels.

Perhaps the most exciting finding was that the women who had the highest risks at the start of the study showed the most benefit from losing weight and keeping it off.

The results also show how important it is for women to have long-term support in their weight-loss programs. The researchers said that women who use short-term weight loss programs tend to do well for about six months, but then they put the weight back on later.
 

 

By Robert Ehrman, MD

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