Obesity may exacerbate the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, new study shows

New research from the University of Sheffield has found being overweight is an additional burden on brain health and it may exacerbate Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Researchers from the University of Sheffield and the University of Eastern Finland confirm being overweight is an additional burden on brain health and it may exacerbate the disease
  • Maintaining a healthy weight could help preserve brain structure in people who are already experiencing mild Alzheimer’s disease

New research from the University of Sheffield has found being overweight is an additional burden on brain health and it may exacerbate Alzheimer’s disease.

The pioneering multimodal neuroimaging study revealed obesity may contribute toward neural tissue vulnerability, whilst maintaining a healthy weight in mild Alzheimer’s disease dementia could help to preserve brain structure.

The findings, published in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Reports, also highlight the impact being overweight in mid-life could have on brain health in older age.

The diseases that cause dementia such as Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia lurk in the background for many years, so waiting until your 60s to lose weight is too late. We need to start thinking about brain health and preventing these diseases much earlier.

Professor Annalena Venneri

Professor of Clinical Neuropathy at the University of Sheffield

Lead author of the study, Professor Annalena Venneri from the University of Sheffield’s Neuroscience Institute and NIHR Sheffield Biomedical Research Centre, said: “More than 50 million people are thought to be living with Alzheimer’s disease and despite decades of ground breaking studies and a huge global research effort we still don’t have a cure for this cruel disease.

“Prevention plays such an important role in the fight against the disease. It is important to stress this study does not show that obesity causes Alzheimer’s, but what it does show is that being overweight is an additional burden on brain health and it may exacerbate the disease.” 

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Eureka
4 months ago

It’s not called obesity anymore. It’s personal health orientation.

kaching
4 months ago

Dieting sucks, no doubt; but so does dying.
Sacrifice today for a better tomorrow folks.
And don’t wait too long … according to this research, by 60 it is all over.

eclectic
4 months ago

COVID mortality, cancers, heart disease, diabetes … all linked to obesity. Being “fit yet fat” is a falsehood. Don’t believe the lies in the media. (Yes, I mean you Cosmopolitan UK).
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9131253/Row-new-plus-size-Cosmopolitan-cover-accused-glamourising-obesity.html
Believe the multitude of science research. Obesity is not healthy.

escharotic
4 months ago

Obesity is a complex disease involving an excessive amount of body fat. Obesity isn’t just a cosmetic concern. It is a medical problem that increases your risk of other diseases and health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers.

Adolfo Lyons
Adolfo Lyons
4 months ago

Obesity now kills more people worldwide than car crashes, terror attacks, and Alzheimer’s combined:
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/6/19/15819808/obesity-global-epidemic

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