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Exercise may beat genetic predisposition to obesity in elderly women

IANS  |  New York 

Ladies, stop blaming genes for your larger waistline as you can overcome the genetic to through exercise, a new study suggests.

The study found that physical activity reduces the influence of genetic to obesity, and this effect is more significant in the oldest age group -- women aged 70 years and older.

These findings additionally support guidelines for promoting and maintaining healthy behaviours, especially in older adults, to maximize quality and longevity of life, the said.

"We are born with our genes, but this study suggests that we can improve our lives and with exercise, regardless of genetics," said Joann Pinkerton, at the in the US.

"As women age, exercise has been shown to improve muscle mass, balance and bone strength. It also invigorates brain cells, is associated with less arthritic pain, and improves mood, concentration, and cognition", Pinkerton added.

The researchers also mentioned that regardless of age, genes, and amount of abdominal fat or body mass index (BMI), regular exercise can improve

For the study, published in the journal Menopause, the researchers analysed more than 8,200 women.

The previous studies have suggested that the genetic influence on BMI increases from childhood to early adulthood, the said.



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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 17:36 IST