Belly Fat Increases Risk of Alzheimer's - Study Shows
Having a big belly in your 40s can boost your risk of getting
Alzheimer's disease or other dementia decades later, a new study
It's not just about your weight. While previous research has found evidence
that obesity in
middle age raises the chances of developing dementia later, the new work
found a separate risk from storing a lot of fat in the abdomen. Even people
who weren't overweight were susceptible.
That abdominal fat, sometimes described as making people apple-shaped
rather than pear-shaped, has already been linked to higher risk of
stroke and heart disease.
"Now we can add dementia to that," said study author Rachel Whitmer of the
Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif.
She and others report the findings in Wednesday's online issue of the
The study involved 6,583 men and women who were ages 40 to 45 when they had
checkups between 1964 and 1973. As part of the exam, their belly size was
measured by using a caliper to find the distance between their backs and
the surface of their upper abdomens. For the study, a distance of about 10
inches or more was considered high.
The researchers checked medical records to see who had developed
Alzheimer's or another form of dementia by an average of 36 years later. At
that point the participants were ages 73 to 87. There were 1,049 cases.
The analysis found that compared to people in the study with normal body weight
and a low belly measurement:
_ Participants with normal body weight and high belly measurements were 89
percent more likely to have dementia.
_ Overweight people were 82 percent more likely if they had a low belly
measurement, but more than twice as likely if they had a high belly
Obese people were 81 percent more likely if they had a low belly
measurement, but more than three times as likely if they had a high
Whitmer said there's no precise way to translate belly measurements into
waist circumference. But most people have a sense of whether they have a
big belly, she said. And if they do, the new study suggests they should get
rid of it, she said.
It's not clear why abdominal fat would promote dementia, but it may pump out
substances that harm the brain, she said.
Dr. Jose Luchsinger of the Columbia University Medical Center in New York,
who studies the connection between obesity and Alzheimer's disease but
didn't participate in the new work, cautioned that such a study cannot
prove abdominal fat promotes dementia.
But the study results are "highly plausible" and "I'm not surprised at
all," he said. High insulin levels might help explain them, he said.
Dr. Samuel Gandy, who chairs the
medical and scientific advisory council of the Alzheimer's Association,
said the results fit in with previous work that indicates a person's
characteristics in middle age can affect the risk of dementia in later
And it's another example of how traits associated with the risk of
developing heart disease are also linked to later dementia, he said.
Thursday, March 27, 2008 Associated Press
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