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By Anastasia Abbruscato

70% of age 60+ people are over weight!!

In a society where technology increases so much, so fast, the need to physically move around to accomplish the same daily tasks has vastly declined. The cheaper food is the unhealthy food

For elders, sometimes the weight gain is not from eating more but physically moving less.

As people age their metabolism slows down and losing weight becomes even more difficult and happens more slowly.

Elective weight loss surgeries on elderly have twice the risk of complications and have a much lower success rate
Often difficult to loose weight in a healthy way that doesn't make the elder become more frail

Worsen pre-existing chronic Type 2 Diabetes conditions Hypertension Increased risk of Arthritis Heart Disease Decrease in Mobility Stroke Increase risk of Alzheimers Pancreatitis Disease Liver Disease Gallbladder Disease Increased risk of Cancers Hypoventilation syndrome

In the last 15 years the population of +65 with type 2 diabetes has doubled! Age 65 years or older 10.9 million, or 26.9% of all people in this age group have diabetes

38.5%people with diabetes aged 60 years or older had diabetic retinopathy

heart disease was noted on 68% of diabetes-related death certificates among people aged 65 years or older.

Exercise programs and lifestyle changes Safe activities walking, biking, gardening

Only about 5% of elders get weight loss surgeries