A startling health study suggests that obesity in middle age cut the risk of dementia up to 30 percent.
Dementia is considered as the sixth major cause of death in the United States. Every year, around 5.3 million Americans suffer from the diseases. The figures are expected to double till the end of 2050. Some major alterations such as Additional physical activity, diets rich in fruits and vegetables, social interaction and participation in brain stimulating activities are the only way to avoid the diseases.
As per the study printed in Journal Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, being underweight in middle age increases the risk of dementia up to 34 percent.
A team of international health experts accumulated data from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). The data includes around 9 percent of the entire population of UK. It contains more than a decade’s records of patients. The data analysis shows a strong connection between obesity and dementia. However, researchers are unaware of the cause and effect relation of it.
Dr. Nawab Qizilbash, lead author of the research, discussed the findings in detail. He informs that the outcome of the research was pretty surprising. It reveals that obesity protect people from dementia. However, people should not increase their weight to prevent dementia.