The Obesity Paradox

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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • 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

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