28 January 2011
New research has shown that older people with cardiovascular disease can improve their health by losing weight.
Conducted by scientists at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, US, the research suggests that cardiovascular patients who undergo weight loss can also improve their quality of life and boost their mobility by as much as 20 per cent.
Published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the research runs counter to previous investigations, which have shown that weight loss amongst the elderly can be damaging to health.
Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science at the institution, said: "This is one of the first large studies to show that weight loss improves the functional health of older people with cardiovascular disease."
He added that for the benefits to be reaped, older people need to combine both weight loss and increased levels of physical activity.
Recent research from University College London showed that central heating and air conditioning could be adding to the global obesity problem, as people burn less energy when they are not placed under the thermal stress of changeable temperatures.