This new study recalls the importance of physical exercise in older women to combat the genetic predisposition of weight gain after menopause.
Obesity is a global epidemic. Researchers are increasingly analyzing the risk factors that contribute to weight gain, especially in postmenopausal women. Although many women may blame genetics for increasing their waistline, a new study published in the journal Menopause shows that as they get older, women can overcome the genetic predisposition to obesity by increasing their physical exercise.
Previous studies have suggested that the genetic influence on body mass index (BMI) increases from childhood to early adulthood. However, there has been little research on the effect of genes for obesity and whether they can be modified by a lifestyle change, such as physical exercise.
Researchers at The North American Menopause Society in the United States conducted a study with 8,200 women. Their results suggest that physical activity reduces the influence of genetic predisposition to obesity, and that this effect is greater in the older age group (women aged 70 and over).
“We are born with our genes, but this study suggests that we can improve our lives and health with exercise, regardless of genetics,” says Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, Executive Director of NAMS. “As women get older, exercise improves muscle mass, balance and bone strength, stimulates brain cells, reduces arthritis pain, and improves mood.” , concentration and cognition “.