Opinion: Losing weight, increasing fitness in old age


Pensioners exercise in London’s first purpose built ‘Senior Playground’ in Hyde Park on May 19, 2010 in London, England. The playground, which cost 50,000 GBP, features six machines: a cross-trainer, sit-up bench, body-flexer, free runner, flex wheel and an exercise bike.
Oli Scarff / AFP/Getty Images file photo

The other day I got an email from a reader who had a bone to pick with me regarding my article on intermittent fasting. He asked me why all my articles were aimed at “those youngsters in the 60+ crowd” and why I don’t focus on people like him, 87 years old and going strong, who want to lose a little weight and stay healthy.

The question is a good one, but hard to answer. Most clinical trials don’t enrol elderly patients. That’s because younger patients take fewer medications, have fewer underlying medical problems and have fewer side effects. But…



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