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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA Women who either gain or lose weight after the age of 60 are less likely to live into their 90s compared to those who maintain a stable weight, according to a new study. This finding contradicts general health recommendations that advocate for weight loss in older women to prolong their lifespan.

Conducted by the University of California San Diego, the study analyzed data from 54,437 women enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). Established to explore the causes of chronic diseases among postmenopausal women, the WHI found that 56% of its participants, or 30,647 women, survived to the age of 90 or older.

The study demonstrated that women over 60 who maintained a stable weight were 1.2 to 2 times more likely to achieve exceptional longevity, defined as living past 90, compared to those who lost 5% or more of their weight. Women who lost weight unintentionally were 51% less likely to live to 90. Interestingly, […]

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