Recent Studies Suggest Connection Between Obesity and Dementia

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Recent Studies Suggest Connection Between Obesity and Dementia

At one time or another, we’ve all experienced “losing our marbles.”  However, dementia is no laughing matter.

None of us can help getting older – but we can influence the condition we’re in when we arrive at our golden years. For example, we can take certain steps to reduce our risk of developing dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other mental disabilities.

Recent data indicate that a definite link exists between obesity and its co-morbidities, and age-related impairment of brain function.

So, how big is the risk? Recent studies at the University of California-San Francisco found that in older women, obesity, high blood pressure and low levels of “good” cholesterol, or HDL, were associated with a 23% jump in risk for cognitive impairment. In another study, doctors found that obese men were also more likely to show signs of cognitive decline.

And it’s not just the overweight at risk: underweight individuals at older ages showed similar risks of developing dementia, as well.

While no one knows whether excess weight and its co-morbidities cause dementia, it’s a likely bet that being outside of a healthy weight – plus or minus – isn’t a good idea.

By keeping tabs on your diet, your weight, and your activity level today, you can up your chances of arriving at tomorrow with all your marbles in the bag.

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