Midlife obesity linked to Alzheimer’s

Font Size:

Results of a new study have been released which show that being obese or overweight in middle age leads to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

The National Institute on Aging (NIH), worked with volunteers who participated in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA), in one of the longest running studies into the effects of ageing ever undertaken in North America.

The study, led by Madhav Thambisetty, explored the relationship between weight, as measured by body mass index (BMI) at age 50, and Alzheimer’s disease. It discovered that being obese or overweight at midlife may lead to the onset of dementia at an earlier age than if patients were of a healthy weight.

Of the 1394 BLSA volunteers who participated, more than 10 per cent developed Alzheimer’s. Volunteers were cognitively healthy at the commencement of the study and they underwent cognitive testing every two years for 14 years.

For each unit increase in BMI at age 50, the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms were accelerated by nearly 7 months for those who eventually developed the degenerative disorder.

Higher midlife BMI was also correlated to higher levels of neurofibrillary tangles, which is an indicator of the disease, even for those who do not develop the condition.

It also showed that those with higher midlife BMI had more amyloid deposits in the region of the brain that often shows the earliest signs of dementia.

Although researchers admit that further studies are required to pinpoint the relationship between BMI at midlife and Alzheimer’s onset, these findings do suggest that maintaining a healthy weight, especially at midlife, may be a way to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s

Read more about this at www.nia.nih.gov

So, what’s new? We’re all aware that being overweight is bad for your health, but now it’s been proven to negatively affect your mental health as well. Do you watch your weight? If not, will the results of this study encourage to you to be more mindful of your midsection and, consequently, your mind?

Watch this video explaining this study.

Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?

Contact:
LinkedIn
Email



SPONSORED LINKS

Sign-up to the YourLifeChoices Enewsletter

continue reading

COVID-19

Another vaccine ruled out as second blood clot case emerges

Australia's Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) has announced that a second case of blood clots is believed to be linked to...

Superannuation News

Super funds fight for changes to reforms

Your Super, Your Future legislation will be enacted within three months and leading players are weighing in on the impact...

Finance

Ambulance costs around Australia

There should be no hesitation when you have to call an ambulance in an emergency situation, but some people rushed...

News

Four tell-tale signs that you may have a blood clot

A blood clot is a clump of cells and protein in your blood. Blood clots form to slow down bleeding...

Beef

Sweet Potato and Shredded Beef Bowl

When it comes to serving a lot of people, chilli is a miracle dish. You throw all the ingredients into...

Finance News

How much you can save on electricity in your home state

As we prepare to head into the colder winter months, there is good news for those worried about heating costs...

COVID-19

What is thrombocytopenia, and why did it stop the AstraZeneca jab?

Anthony Zulli, Victoria University; Maja Husaric, Victoria University; Maximilian de Courten, Victoria University, and Vasso Apostolopoulos, Victoria University Australia's medical...

Wellbeing

Ways to manage death anxiety

Winston Churchill once said: "Any man who says he is not afraid of death is a liar." But while it's...

LOADING MORE ARTICLE...