Friday, June 29, 2007

dementia linked to obesity

Professor Clive Ballard, of the Alzheimer's Society, said: "Obesity is a huge risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.

People who are overweight at 60 are more than twice as likely to get dementia by 75. That is a big, big risk. If we are not careful, it won't be 1.5 million with dementia, it might be two or 2.5 million people."

The obese are thought to be at greater risk of dementia as they tend to have higher blood pressure and cholesterol. Both of these can increase the chances of dementia by interrupting the blood supply to the brain.

Experts have warned that unless the Government acts now, an entire generation faces old age blighted by heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other conditions brought on by obesity such as dementia.

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