Midlife overweight and dementia risk.
|Article Type:||Brief article|
Middle age (Health aspects)
Obesity (Complications and side effects)
Obesity (Demographic aspects)
|Publication:||Name: Community Practitioner Publisher: Ten Alps Publishing Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Ten Alps Publishing ISSN: 1462-2815|
|Issue:||Date: Oct, 2009 Source Volume: 82 Source Issue: 10|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: United Kingdom Geographic Code: 4EUUK United Kingdom|
Being overweight in midlife increases the risk of dementia later
on, according to a study. Long-term effects of overweight on physical
health and survival are well known, and people often lose weight before
diagnosis and early on in dementia. To examine whether midlife
overweight increases dementia risk later in life, researchers followed
up 1152 participants of the Swedish Twin Registry whose body mass index
was assessed at the age of 45 to 65 years in 1963. They were later
screened for dementia in a prospective study with up to 40 years'
follow up and 312 were diagnosed. Midlife overweight significantly
increased the risk of dementia in old age, even after controlling for
known factors related to vascular risk. The risk was increased for both
Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia, and followed the same
pattern for men and women. This gives further support to the notion that
overweight in midlife increases later risk of dementia, conclude the
Hassing L, Dahl A, Thorvaldsson V, Berg S, Gatz M, Pedersen N, Johansson B. Overweight in midlife and risk of dementia: a 40-year follow-up study. Int J Obesity, 2009; 33(8): 893-8.
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