The effect has been studied the most in regard to cardiovascular diseases, but a protective effect for being overweight has also been shown for individuals with diabetes or who have suffered a stroke. In addition, other studies have shown that overweight older people have lower mortality from all causes not just diabetes or strokes.
For instance, a research study published in 2012 found that older individuals with a BMI between 25.0 and 29.9 had the lowest mortality rate of any of the BMI categories studied — and lower than individuals with a BMI considered “healthy.” And a 2014 meta-analysis found that, for older individuals, the lowest mortality rate occurs among people with a higher BMI.
Research does show that there are risks of being overweight — from diabetes to blood pressure to heart disease — and the science of the obesity paradox is uncertain enough that physicians don’t generally think normal weight people should gain weight. However, at least according to this medical hypothesis, being overweight could, in some cases, be an asset, not a liability.
So for all those who might be worrying about me, don’t. I do aim to be around for a little while yet, keeping an eye on all these pesky bears and also keeping an overbearing eye on The Chimpton.
You guys don’t get rid of me that easily.
Happy Birthday to me!
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