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Obesity accelerates memory loss over 50

Posted on August 21st 2012 - 11:57


Obesity and high blood pressure 'speed up mental decline' for those aged over 50

  • People over 50 with high blood pressure or obesity suffer accelerated memory loss and cognitive skills
  • Risk factors such as heart disease and diabetes speed up the mental decline
  • Obese participants' brains aged 3.8 years more than those of a health weight
  • Research supports evidence that mid-life obesity increases the risk of dementia

Obesity and high blood pressure lead to faster mental decline in the over-50s, researchers warn.

A study shows that being fat and having other risk factors for heart disease and diabetes accelerates the loss of memory and other cognitive skills.

Over the course of a decade, obese participants’ brains aged 3.8 years more than those of a healthy weight.

The fattest participants had a 22.5 per cent faster drop-off in test scores compared with those who were a healthy size and had fewer risk factors.

Experts warn that obesity in  middle-age could be a major risk factor for developing dementia in later life, as well as conditions such as diabetes.

The claim has been strengthened after the study by scientists at the French medical research institution INSERM examining the mental skills, body mass index and general health of 6,401 adults with an average age of 50.

To read on, click here: http://bit.ly/Over_50s_Obesity

Source: Dail Mail online




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