A very interesting study by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Tongji Medical College in Wuhan , China, reveals news that will shock many of you. Losing weight after the age of 50 can reduce life expectancy and not lengthen it as we all think.
You may ask, but how is this possible?
I’ll try to explain it to you.
LOSING WEIGHT AFTER THE AGE OF 50 REDUCES LIFE EXPECTATIONS
But first let’s see the study. The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics analyzed a sample of over 36,000 people around the age of 40/50, looking at weight changes from 20 to about 60 years of age and following them for over 12 years.
They then analyzed the story of those who had died in the meantime. It turned out that those who had dieted after 40/50 years of age had a 22% higher risk of dying prematurely from all causes. Especially greater cardiovascular risk. While, on the other hand, those who had gained weight from 40-50 years of age had less risk of death. But at the same time, those who were already overweight or obese as a young person and have continued to be so, have the greatest risk of death.
So in essence the study says: if you want to lose weight, do it before the age of 40 or 50, not after. Because the further you move into middle age, the more weight loss can have drastic health consequences.
There is however a limit to the study. The study did not investigate the causes of weight loss in all patients. Some of those people may have lost weight due to a tumor or a disease.
But for the others, what happened?