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Unhealthy Behavior At Age 65 Leads To Significant Disabilities In Later Years

July 24, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A study by French and British scientists has determined that unhealthy behaviors at age 65 can lead to impaired mobility and functioning in later years. The researchers analyzed data collected between 1999 and 2001 on smoking, diet, physical activity and alcohol consumption among people 65 or older. After 12 years of follow-up, the data showed that those who had less physical activity, ate fewer fruits and vegetables and smoked were twice as likely to develop disabilities. About 30 percent of the association between unhealthy behaviors and disabilities was linked to higher body mass index, lower cognitive function, depressive symptoms, traumatisms, chronic conditions, and cardiovascular disease.
F. Artaud et al., "Unhealthy behaviors and disability in older adults: Three-City Dijon cohort study", BMJ, July 24, 2013, © Artaud et al.
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