Increased Risk of Dementia for Tubby Tummies

An expanding waistline more than doubles the risk of developing dementia in later life.

According to a study run by Gothenburg University and Karolinska Institute’s Alzheimer Center together with US researchers, people who do not keep in shape by their 40s run a high risk of developing dementia. Not to mention a host of other diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Carrying excess pounds is bad enough, but superfluous abdomen fat really raises the odds. The long term study was undertaken with over 6000 Californians aged between 40-45 years. 36 years later, 16 percent of them had developed dementia.

Those who were of normal weight but had fat surplus on the abdomen ran a 230 percent higher chance of developing dementia. The exact reasons are unknown but it appears that abdomen fat affects the brain before dementia symptoms appear. Around 142 000 Swedes are affected by dementia today.