How comparable are healthy 60- and 80-year-old men?

E. Metter, D. Walega, E. L. Metter, J. Pearson, L. J. Brant, B. S. Hiscock, J. L. Fozard

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Abstract

A critical issue in cross-sectional aging studies is the comparability of subjects of different ages, particularly regarding health status. For example, it is typically assumed that healthy 60-year-old men are equivalent to healthy 80-year-old men when both age groups are selected using the same criteria. The 60-year-old, however, may not survive or be healthy at age 80. To examine this issue, 212 healthy 60-year-old men in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging were identified. By life table analysis, 30% were expected to survive and remain healthy to age 80. In this study, 61 healthy 60-year-old men were followed to age 80. When compared with 125 healthy 80- year-old men, they had more heart disease, cancer, stroke, arterial, digestive, and peripheral nervous system diseases. Twenty-seven of the 61 men (44%) actually continued to be healthy at age 80. At age 60, systolic pressure and total serum cholesterol were predictive of who would be healthy at age 80.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournals of Gerontology
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Heart Neoplasms
Life Tables
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Health Status
Longitudinal Studies
Heart Diseases
Age Groups
Cross-Sectional Studies
Stroke
Cholesterol
Blood Pressure
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Metter, E., Walega, D., Metter, E. L., Pearson, J., Brant, L. J., Hiscock, B. S., & Fozard, J. L. (1992). How comparable are healthy 60- and 80-year-old men? Journals of Gerontology, 47(3). https://doi.org/10.1093/geronj/47.3.M73

How comparable are healthy 60- and 80-year-old men? / Metter, E.; Walega, D.; Metter, E. L.; Pearson, J.; Brant, L. J.; Hiscock, B. S.; Fozard, J. L.

In: Journals of Gerontology, Vol. 47, No. 3, 01.01.1992.

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Metter, E, Walega, D, Metter, EL, Pearson, J, Brant, LJ, Hiscock, BS & Fozard, JL 1992, 'How comparable are healthy 60- and 80-year-old men?', Journals of Gerontology, vol. 47, no. 3. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronj/47.3.M73
Metter E, Walega D, Metter EL, Pearson J, Brant LJ, Hiscock BS et al. How comparable are healthy 60- and 80-year-old men? Journals of Gerontology. 1992 Jan 1;47(3). https://doi.org/10.1093/geronj/47.3.M73
Metter, E. ; Walega, D. ; Metter, E. L. ; Pearson, J. ; Brant, L. J. ; Hiscock, B. S. ; Fozard, J. L. / How comparable are healthy 60- and 80-year-old men?. In: Journals of Gerontology. 1992 ; Vol. 47, No. 3.
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