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May 2001 Issue

Heavier Men May Risk Poor Lung Function

Older men who are overweight may be at greater risk of impaired lung function, especially if they carry extra fat around the middle, according to research from the University of Verona in Italy. In the study of 97 men in their 60ís and 70ís, those with more body fat and greater abdominal girth scored lower on tests of lung function than less rotund men. In particular, they were not able to expel as much air from their lungs. In contrast, men with a higher muscle mass had better lung function. Both smokers and nonsmokers showed similar results.

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