Belly size linked to Alzheimer's and dementia? Is the bigger the belly the more you might forget? Interesting article and also discusses the potential heart disease link...BD
Having a big belly in your 40s can boost your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease or other dementia decades later, a new study suggests.
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.
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.