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- By the circumference of the waist, one can judge the risk of developing dementia in the next 10-15 years
By the circumference of the waist, one can judge the risk of developing dementia in the next 10-15 years
Scientists have confirmed that the problems of dementia and obesity are linked.
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For people over the age of 50, waist measurement can be a predictor of the risk of developing dementia over the next 10 years. This is evidenced by a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
Overweight, large-waisted study participants had an average 28% higher risk of dementia during follow-up than those of normal weight and size.
Centrally obese women were 39% more likely to develop dementia in the next 15 years than their peers who did not exceed the recommended waistline.
"As the size of the abdomen increases, the memory center in the brain decreases, previous studies have shown," Richard Isaacson, head of The Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic (APC) at Weill Cornell, told CNN. Medicine), who was not involved in the study. He added that the new study is significant because it demonstrates that increased waist size is indeed associated with dementia.
“Dementia is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century that can threaten healthy aging. Our research shows that the prevalence of obesity is part of the problem,”said Andrew Steptoe, professor at University College London, UCL.
Scientists measured the height, weight and waist circumference of 6,582 study participants, and then followed them for 11 years. The study authors also collected demographic information about the participants and detailed data on their health. After the end of the observations, they analyzed how people with what complexion developed dementia more often.