Obese Baby Boomers Face Bigger Dementia Risk

Last week, I warned you how the obesity epidemic may overwhelm baby boomers and gen Xers much faster and far sooner than anyone expected. Those extra pounds you add during your baby boomer days may also increase your risk of dementia as you get older too.

Swedish researchers evaluated the health of some 1,500 patients over a 21-year period to determine any links between body mass index (BMI) in midlife and cardiovascular risks and the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Not surprisingly, dementia and Alzheimer's disease was far more prevalent among those with a higher BMI at middle age. Additionally, patients who had the highest midlife BMI had the highest incidence of diabetes and heart attack. The main risk factors for late-life dementia:

  • Midlife obesity
  • High systolic blood pressure
  • High total cholesterol levels

Despite what you might think, folks, Alzheimer's disease and dementia are not at all part of the normal aging process. Both are easily avoidable, if you're willing to make some lifestyle changes, spelled out in my popular article on how to safely and inexpensively blow Alzheimer's disease away.

Archives of Neurology, Vol. 62, No. 10, October 2005: 1556-1560

SeniorJournal.com October 11, 2005

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