Have you seen the story that older fat people have smaller brains than thinner ones, which has been previously linked with Alzheimer’s disease?
Yeah. There may be a correlation there, yes. Future studies may bear this out. Has a link been noticed between weight and Alzheimer’s anywhere else?
The Alzheimer’s Association does list weight as a risk factor. Sort of. It starts with the fact that age is the greatest risk factor. Family history and genetics are also risk factors. Weight is lumped into “healthy aging”, including
[S]trategies for overall healthy aging may help keep the brain healthy and may even offer some protection against developing Alzheimer’s or related diseases. Try to keep your weight within recommended guidelines, avoid tobacco and excess alcohol, stay socially connected, and exercise both your body and mind.
They also recommend:
- Improving your vascular health by treating “high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high cholesterol” .
- Avoiding head injuries by wearing your seatbelt in cars, “fall-proofing” your home, and wearing helmets while biking, cycling, or other appropriate times.
There is plenty there that most people can do at any weight. Given that most people can’t make big, permanent changes to their weight, I’ll be focusing on those.
Update: After posting this I checked LJ and found this topic being discussed in the Fatshionista community, complete with a link to a PDF of the actual study. I thought this might be interesting for y’all as well. :)
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