One Secret to Healthy Aging
Weight is a sensitive issue for most people, but controlling weight gain over the course of life can have big rewards, according to research at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, which looked at long- term weight and health changes among more than 92,000 women and 25,000 men.
The study found that seemingly modest increases in weight add up over the years. On average, U. S. adults gain 1– 2 pounds per year between their late teens and mid- 50s. While one year’s gain is small, the cumulative effect takes a toll on health, with increased risks for diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. On the flipside, reducing the creep of added pounds makes aging a healthier experience, and it’s never too soon to start.