More evidence of lifestyle factors being critical as you get older:-
Sarah Knapton, Science Editor Daily Telegraph
21 May 2018 • 1:00am
The largest study of its kind, led by the University of Exeter, found that even small reductions in heart disease risk factors - such as high blood pressure and cholesterol - helped to reduce frailty, as well as dementia, chronic pain, and other disabling conditions of old age.
Lead author of the study Dr Joao Delgado, of the University of Exeter Medical School, said: “This study indicates that frailty and other age-related diseases could be prevented and significantly reduced in older adults.
“Getting our heart risk factors under control could lead to much healthier old ages.
“Unfortunately, the current obesity epidemic is moving the older population in the wrong direction, however our study underlines how even small reductions in risk are worthwhile.”
The study analysed data from more than 421,000 people aged 60 to 69 from both their GP medical records and in the UK Biobank research study. Participants were followed up over 10 years.
People who look after their hearts are far less likely to suffer from fraility in later life
The team looked at six factors that could impact on heart health - uncontrolled high blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, plus being overweight, doing little physical activity and being a current smoker.
Joint lead author, Dr Janice Atkins, also of the University of Exeter Medical School,
This is the first survey that I have seen includes Glucose levels. The message is that there is now a solid bank of evidence that points towards lifestyle factors being critical in staying well as you advance into older age - more grist to the mill.