Obesity is a very serious condition that some people tend to overlook, just because there are so many others who suffer from it and don’t seem to care that they are sick. While obesity itself does not kill you directly, it can lead to various other nasty conditions that might do the job in the future.
Obesity is often considered a high risk factor in developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, strokes or other problems. A new study now aims to prove that is can be linked with Alzheimer’s disease as well, especially after the age of 50.
The research was conducted by experts at the National Institute on Aging and shows that weight in excess, especially for middle aged or older people could heighten the risk for amyloid deposits and neurofibrilary tangles in people’s brain.
Unfortunately, these are clear markers for developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to the main study author Dr. Madhay Thambisetty.
The study’s findings are extremely important because they prove that early prevention, that includes noninvasive and inexpensive interventions with obese people who are older or middle aged could make a huge difference in the person’s life. Moreover, as Thambisetty said, it could also reduce the costs involved with the treatment of Allzheimer’s and it could have an impact on global public health.
“There is a ‘whether’ component and a ‘when’ component, and the ‘when’ component has largely been ignored. Most studies haven’t followed a large enough group of people for long enough time. Our findings clearly indicate that higher adiposity at midlife is associated with a long-lasting effect on accelerating the clinical course of Alzheimer’s disease.,” he added.
As far as the public health perspective is concerned, the study sends a very clear message to all the people and health experts. It is important to keep your body mass index in normal parameters even at an early age, because this could have a great impact both on preventing Alzheimer’s and on your general health and quality of life.
While this is not the first study that promotes a link between obesity and Alzheimer’s, it definitely comes with much more concrete results that indicate a very clear association between the two conditions.
Other experts believe the study is extremely valuable because it might help health professionals explain their middle-aged patients what risks they are facing if they stay obese.
The rate of people suffering from dementia is on the rise and experts say that it is most likely to quadruple by 2050. This is why preventive measures are extremely important for each of us, especially if our family history puts us at risk. These include having healthy diet, doing sport and getting enough sleep.
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