Women who are obese at age 70 might have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a study says Tuesday. If confirmed by additional research, the finding adds another health risk to the already staggering list of diseases associated with obesity, a problem that has reached epidemic proportions in the USA.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the prevalence of obesity – defined as being 30 or more pounds over a healthy weight – has risen from 12% of adults in 1991 to nearly 21% in 2001. The new findings add another reason for folks to slim down, says study author Deborah Gustafson, who conducted the research while at Gothenburg University in Sweden. Her study looked only at adults age 70 and older, but many obese people report lifelong problems with their weight, she says.
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Sub-editorAlzheimer’s disease :: Alzheimer’s-obesity link possible
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Posted on July 17th, 2003 at 11:10 pm.
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