Smoking Seniors Risk Weaker Bones
If you’re a senior who still smokes, here’s one more reason to quit: Smoking may make you more frail. In a study of 2,542 adults age 60 and older, current smokers were 60 percent more likely to be frail, based on factors such as unintentional weight loss, self-reported exhaustion, weakness, slow walking speed, and low physical activity. This was the case after the researchers accounted for age, sex, education level, and other details that might contribute to frailty. But here’s the good news: The risk for frailty among those who had quit smoking was no greater than for those who had never smoked.
Source: Age & Ageing, published online Aug. 17, 2017