disease – Risk Increases in Overweight and Obese People in their 40’s
April 17th, 2006
Researchers found that people that are either overweight or obese in their
40’s have a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in
life. The research was first presented at the American Academy of
Neurology 58th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California that was held the
beginning of this month.
This large scale
study followed 9,000 people for a period of 30 years. The study
measured skin fold thickness of the back of the upper arm and also under
the shoulder on the back.
The people that
had the higher skinfold measurements in their 40’s had a higher chance
for developing Alzheimer’s disease compared to those that had the
smallest measurements. The people that had the highest skinfold
measurement of the back were three times more likely to develop
Alzheimer’s compared to those who had the smallest measurement of the
back. The people that had the largest skinfold measurement of the arm
were 2 ˝ times more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease later on compared
to those that had the smallest arm skin fold measurement.