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Thousands of men and women are frail in middle-age as symptoms thought to just strike the elderly occur decades earlier, according to a major study.
Researchers spotted weakness, slowness and exhaustion, commonly associated with old age, in patients as young as 37.
Researchers - Frailty - Risk - Years - Adults
Scottish researchers warned frailty doubles the risk of dying within seven years - even for middle-aged adults.
But the scientists, who delved into data from almost half a million people, argued that frailty can easily be reversed.
Frailty - Presence - Indicators - Weakness - Slowness
Frailty was defined as the presence of three or more out of five indicators: weakness, slowness, weight loss, low physical activity, and exhaustion.
People with one or two indicators were classified as 'pre-frail' by the researchers at Glasgow University.
Professor - Frances - Mair - Author - Times
Professor Frances Mair, lead author, told The Times: 'Most men in their thirties, forties and fifties would be appalled to be called frail.
'We have an impression in our head of what tends to be called frail, and that needs to change.'
'I - Estimates - Frailty - Population - Common
She added: 'I would suggest these estimates of frailty are probably quite conservative. In the general population it would be probably be even more common.'
The study, published in The Lancet Public Health, delved into data from 493,000 men and women between 37 and 73 years old.
Records - Participants - Researchers - Frail
Records of the participants were then assessed by the researchers to determine who would be considered frail.
Three per cent of all the participants were identified as frail, and more than a third were already beginning to deteriorate.
Analysis - Data - Men - Women - Ages
A further analysis of the data revealed 1,381 men and women between the ages of 37 and 45 were...
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