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Obesity 'linked to Alzheimer's disease'

Obesity 'linked to Alzheimer's disease'
28th August 2009

Alzheimer's disease is the latest condition which has been linked to being extremely overweight, following a new piece from scientists in the US.

According to the Pittsburgh-based Cardiovascular Health Study, researchers looked into those people with a body mass index (BMI) of 25-30 - classified as overweight - and compared it to those with a BMI of above 30, or clinically obese.

It was discovered that brain shrinkage - commonly associated with the neurodegenerative disease - was four per cent higher in those who were overweight, while obesity shrank the average brain by eight per cent.

Lead investigator Cyrus A. Raji recommended: "That could mean exercising, eating right and keeping weight under control can maintain brain health with aging and potentially lower the risk for Alzheimer's and other dementias."

Earlier this week, Cleveland Clinic published results in Neurology which found that those most at risk of Alzheimer's disease or dementia would react in a very different way to healthy individuals to the names of big celebrities when under observation in an MRI machine, providing hope for early detection systems being developed.

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