9.1.15: Midlife obesity may spur risk for earlier Alzheimer’s
WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s one more reason to watch the waistline: New research says people’s weight in middle age may influence not just whether they go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, but when.
Obesity in midlife has long been suspected of increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s later in life. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health took a closer look and reported today that being overweight or obese at age 50 may affect the age, years later, when Alzheimer’s strikes.
Among those who eventually got sick, more middle-age pounds meant an earlier onset of disease.
The study didn’t examine if losing weight lowered the risk. It will take larger studies to prove the obesity-Alzheimer’s link. Regardless, researchers say a healthy weight at every age is good for overall health.