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Arm and leg span 'linked to dementia risk'

Arm and leg span 'linked to dementia risk'
6th May 2008

A new study has noted a link between having short arms and legs and developing memory loss in later life.

Research conducted at Tufts University in Boston concluded that women with a short arm span are 50 per cent more likely to develop Alzheimer's or another form of dementia than a women with a longer arm span, while longer length from floor to knee can lower the risk if developing the neurological condition.

According to a Reuters report, this conclusion was based on a study of some 2,798 individuals which took place over five years.

It was also noted that in men only a shorter arm span was associated with an increased dementia risk.

"Body measures such as knee height and arm span are often used as biological indicators of early life deficits, such as a lack of nutrients," said Tina Huang who led the study.

According to the Alzheimer's Society, approximately one million people in the UK will suffer from dementia by 2025.

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