Obesity and Aging


“Obesity May Speed the Rate of Aging”

from Gannett News Service

Adults who were obese a children will show the signs of aging much faster than adults who were of normal weight in childhood, a pediatric endocrinologist said recently.

Dr. Henry Anhult, director of Pediatric Endocrinology Division at Mainmonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, shared his findings at the 5th annual American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine conference in Las Vegas.

“Fat cells accumulated during childhood adversely effect aging in adulthood,” Anhult says.  Obese children have higher overall mortality and die younger than normal weight children.

They also:
• Have an increased likelihood of developing Type II (adult onset) diabetes.
• Often develop hypertension. abnormal blood lipid levels, and coronary artery disease.
• Often have respiratory problems and are more likely to develop cancer later in life.

“These diseases begin in childhood and progress throughout adulthood,” said Anhult.  He said that excess calories and fat combine to release free radicals in the body, which damage cells and promote aging.

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