studies have been conducted on young and middle aged adults showing the
substantial benefits of dietary modifications and exercise addition to
one's lifestyle. Unfortunately, far fewer studies exist for the
elderly. Now, results from a new study indicate these benefits are also
significant in the elderly. In a recent study published in the American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 27 sedentary obese men and women aged 65
were randomly assigned to a diet and exercise program. Those elderly
subjects who were assigned to the diet and exercise program
significantly lowered their bodyweight, blood pressure, blood sugar and
bad blood triglycerides. More specifically, those elderly who were
assigned to the diet and exercise program lost an average of 18 pounds
and experienced an 59 percent decrease in metabolic syndrome (a
collection of conditions that increase an individual's risk of type 2
diabetes and heart disease) as compared to the control group who did
not participate in the diet and exercise program.
Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, December 2006.