Fox News: Obese seniors live more of their golden years with heart disease

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Seniors who are obese may live just as long as their thinner peers, but they are more likely to develop heart disease and to get it slightly earlier in life, a Dutch study finds.

“Obesity is associated with higher mortality among younger and middle-aged individuals. However, among older adults, this association is not present,” said Dr. David Grabowski, a professor of healthcare policy at Harvard Medical School in Boston who was not involved in the study.

Even if obese people’s lifespans are not shortened, however, heart disease may take a serious toll on their lives, said lead study author Dr. Klodian Dhana by email.

“Cardiovascular disease affects people’s quality of life,” said Dr. Dhana, of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam.

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