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Obesity will fuel Alzheimer's

28th June 2007

Experts predict that increasing rates of obesity will lead to a significant rise in the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease.


While the biggest risk for dementia - with Alzheimer’s the most common form - remains a person’s age, experts are starting to discover that lifestyle is also a factor.

They say that obesity, smoking, high blood pressure and cholesterol all raise the risk of dementia because they can lead to damage of the blood vessels in the brain, which in turn leads to the death of brain cells.

Professor Clive Ballard, director of research at the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Obesity is a huge risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. People who are obese at 60 are twice as likely to develop dementia by the time they are 75.?

Research has shown that regular exercise and a healthy diet can reduce the risk of a condition that affects 700,000 people in the UK, but with people now living longer as well, that could rise to more than 2m within half a century.

He believes lifestyle changes present a real opportunity for people to help cut the risk of dementia. And the Alzheimer’s Society has launched a new website to help people find out more about how to reduce their chances of developing the condition.

The society suggests people can reduce their risks of dementia by eating less fatty food, cutting salt intake, not smoking, eating more vegetables, taking exercise, leading an active social life and asking their GP to check blood pressure and cholesterol levels.


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