Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Big belly is a dementia risk (and 3x at that!)

I thought that there is something good in drinking beer?

Now, what is this 'dementia risk' thing? I'm almost always sure to get a big belly, what is usually called 'beer belly'.

So drinking beer, and drinking in general, ain't a good choice after all. Is it?

Read on...

Big belly in middle age triples risk of dementia

Having a large belly in middle age nearly triples the risk of developing dementia according to study
CHICAGO: Having a large belly in middle age nearly triples the risk of developing dementia, a study released Wednesday found.

"Considering that 50 per cent of adults in this country have abdominal obesity, this is a disturbing finding," said study author Rachel Whitmer of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California.

Being overweight in midlife and beyond has long been linked to increased risk for disease such as stroke, diabetes and heart disease.

This is the first study to link excess fat to dementia and, interestingly, excess abdominal fat increased the risk even among those who were of normal weight overall.

Obesity: An American EpidemicResearchers measured the abdominal fat of 6,583 people age 40 to 45 in northern California and some 36 years later 16 per cent had developed dementia, the study published in the journal Neurology found.

Those who were overweight or obese but did not have a pot belly had an 80 per cent increase in the risk of dementia compared to people with a normal body weight and abdominal fat level.

The risk increase jumped to 230 per cent among overweight people with a large belly and 360 per cent among the obese with large abdomens.

"Where one carries the weight -- especially in midlife -- appears to be an important predictor for dementia risk," Whitmer said.

While more research is needed to understand why this link exists, it is possible that the abdominal obesity is part of a complex set of health-related behaviours that increase the risk of dementia.

How I Lost 36,000 Pounds: A New Approach to the Problem of Obesity Scientific and Clinical Facts Concerning Obesity"Autopsies have shown that changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer's disease may start in young to middle adulthood, and another study showed that high abdominal fat in elderly adults was tied to greater brain atrophy," she said.

"These findings imply that the dangerous effects of abdominal obesity on the brain may start long before the signs of dementia appear." - AFP/fa

Taken from ChannelNewsAsia.com; source article is below:Big belly in middle age triples risk of dementia