Obesity, Heart Disease and Dementia Linked

by Jodee on March 10, 2009

If you are overweight, you have more than heart disease and diabetes to be concerned about. Being too heavy can also speed up dementia, according to the results of a new study. Reducing your risk of heart disease may also help to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of cognitive impairment.

For older women, being overweight, having high blood pressure, and low HDL levels (the “good” cholesterol), means that your risk of cognitive impairment increases by 23 percent. The increased risk also holds true for overweight men.

A different study found that people who had high cholesterol levels experienced a more rapid deterioration in brain functioning after developing Alzheimer’s. This research underscores the need to look after your health at any stage in life.

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