OVERVIEW: Obesity is considered a major risk factor type 2 diabetes, lipid disorders, hypertension, coronary heart disease and certain cancers. During the past decade, evidence has emerged that elderly patients with several chronic diseases and elevated BMI may demonstrate lower all-cause and cardiovascular mortality compared with patients of normal weight. This session will review those findings and provide guidance to health care professionals that work with obese older adults.
- Discuss the conventional wisdom regarding the health risks of obesity
- Understand the obesity paradox
- Discuss how the obesity paradox can affect patient care
CPE Level: II
Learning Needs Codes: 3030, 4040, 4190, 5040, 5100, 5370