Washington: Adding exercise to a weight loss program like dieting has more benefit for obese older adults who want to reduce their chances of developing the metabolic syndrome, scientists say.The results of the study show that a combination of diet-induced weight loss and frequent exercise almost doubles the improvement in insulin sensitivity compared with dieting alone.The metabolic syndrome is a cluster of metabolic problems that raise the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease – abdominal obesity as shown by a large waist circumference, disturbed lipids, high blood pressure and high blood sugar.Although it is known that weight loss can reduce these risk factors, the most appropriate lifestyle treatment for obesity in older adults has been controversial, presenting author Matthew Bouchonville said.
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