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Obesity in middle age linked w/ Alzheimer's

Researchers in Sweden found that being overweight or obese in middle age may boost your odds for Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

May 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Being overweight or obese in middle age may increase your odds for Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Researchers in Sweden looked at more than 8,500 twins over several decades. Nearly 30 percent of the subjects were overweight or obese in their 40s and 50s.

By the age of 65, 350 or about 4 percent of the twins were diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Despite the findings, researchers said further studies on weight and mental decline are needed.

The study was published in the May issue of Neurology.


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