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Normal weight men live 6 years longer than obese men; normal weight women 8.4 years longer
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Men who, at the age of 45, were normal weight and did not have cardiovascular disease, lived 6 years longer than men who were obese. For women, those who were normal weight lived 8.4 years longer according to a new study from Australia. Obesity increases life expectancy with cardiovascular disease
Obese men and women with cardiovascular disease lived 2.7 and 1.8 years longer than normal weight people
However, among those with cardiovascular disease at the age of 45, obese men lived 2.7 years longer than normal weight men, and obese women lived 1.8 years longer than normal weight women.
Conclusion: Obesity before middle age reduces life expectancy, but increases it for those with cardiovascular disease
“In addition to reducing life expectancy, obesity before middle age is associated with a reduction in the number of years lived free of [cardiovascular disease] and an increase in the number of years lived with [cardiovascular disease],” the researchers concluded.
Silva MCP, Laet CD, Nusselder WJ, Mamun AA, Peeters A. Adult obesity and number of years lived with and without cardiovascular disease. Obesity. 2006 Jul, 14(7):1264-73.
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Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Monash University Central and Eastern Clinical School
Alfred Hospital Commercial Road
Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia
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