Overweight people 'at higher risk of dementia'

Posted on 04 May 2011

Middle aged people who are overweight have a higher chance of getting dementia when they are older and possibly paying for care, research has indicated.

Those who are categorised as overweight during middle age have a 71 per cent elevated risk of developing dementia when compared to normal weight individuals, according to research from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

Many studies have previously identified that being obese is a risk factor for dementia, but this is the first study which indicates links between being overweight and an increased chance of the neurodegenerative condition.

Dr Weili Xu from the institute explained: "The risk is not as substantial as for those who are obese, but it has public health importance because of this large number of people worldwide who are overweight."

In other news, older people, who may be choosing a care home, could stave off dementia by remaining active.

Scientists at Rush University Medical Center have found that frequent social activity could help prevent cognitive decline.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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