Excess Fat Around the Abdomen May Increase the Risk of Dementia

Measure your abdominal girth on a regular basisIn addition to the heart, researchers are finding that the brain also appears to be a target organ for the harmful effects of central obesity. In a recent study of 6,600 people, those with the greatest central fat accumulation had almost a three-fold higher rate of dementia 36 years later than those with the least amount. 

This study contributed to the growing body of evidence that centralized obesity is dangerous, even for those who are not overweight.

Excess fat around the abdomen has previously been found to be an independent predictor of diabetes, insulin resistance, coronary heart disease, stroke, and mortality.

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Source: Neurology, March 26, 2008

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1 Response to “Excess Fat Around the Abdomen May Increase the Risk of Dementia”


  1. could you give the link of the study? I need it for my school essay. thanks

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