People who reach old age 'do not lead healthier lifestyles'

Posted on 04 August 2011

People who live to an older age, and may be paying for care, are no more virtuous in terms of diet, exercise or smoking and drinking than those who do not live to such an age, according to new research.

A study from Yeshiva University revealed that people who live to 95 or older did not have healthier diets or lifestyles than those who died earlier, suggesting that nature may play a bigger part than nurture when it comes to life expectancy.

Results showed that 27 per cent of elderly women and an equal percentage of those in the general population attempted a low-calorie diet, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

In addition, 24 per cent of older men consumed alcohol daily, in comparison with 22 per cent of males in the control group, and just 43 per cent of male centenarians had exercised regularly, in contrast to the 57 per cent in the comparison group.

In other news, Dianne Bown-Wilson, chief executive of advice organisation In My Prime, said that people who have retired have more time which they could use to start living a healthier lifestyle.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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