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OTTAWA — Sixty-five is the new 55, or so the mantra among aging boomers holds.

But while Canadian men and women are living longer than at any other time in the nation’s history, lifestyle diseases driven by excess weight and sloth — fewer than half of Canadians are as active as they should be — could see people developing age-related ailments faster than generations before them.

People over 65 aren’t all equal; they’re a highly diverse bunch, says Dr. Parminder Raina, lead principal investigator for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, a major national study that is looking at why some people stay healthy with age, and others don’t.

“But we hear about the obesity epidemic, the poorer nutrition. Perhaps not in the short term, but in the long run — especially for the baby boom population — that’s going to be an issue in relation to chronic diseases that…

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