Medpage Today: The Gupta Guide - “Living Longer Comes with a Price”

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 – July 9, 2013  –– 

Women had a 50 percent greater risk of disability during the last two years of life than did men, as reported online in JAMA Internal Medicine. A second study reported in the journal showed that the frequency of symptoms that restricted activity increased as the time to death decreased, reaching 57.2 percent in the last month before death. “What these studies tell us is that there is a lot of disability in the last two years of life, and a lot of symptoms in the last two years of life,” said Rosanne Leipzig, MD, Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “We’re painting a rosy picture where we probably shouldn’t be.” Learn more at Medpage Today

-Dr. Rosanne Leipzig, Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai