A 15 year study of older adults showed that obesity and higher waist circumference are linked to a 28% higher risk of dementia. This link is relatively new and is independent of other known dementia risk factors, such as demographics, inactivity, smoking, apolipoprotein E-ε4, hypertension, heart disease, depression and diabetes. Other studies have replicated this observation, with some showing up to a 70% higher risk of dementia in obese individuals.

Furthermore, obesity is a significant risk factor for arthritis, diabetes and a range of inflammatory diseases including infertility.

To mitigate this risk of dementia, evidence shows that exercise, dietary factors such as omega 3 fatty acids, Mediterranean diet and antioxidants, light alcohol consumption and cognitive exercises, all work. Maintaining normal blood pressure is also important.

Join Osana’s online exercise, nutrition and mindfulness classes to help reduce your risk of dementia.

References:

  • https://academic.oup.com/ije/article/doi/10.1093/ije/dyaa099/5861491
  • https://www.dementia.org.au/sites/default/files/20081100_Nat_SUB_NatPrevHlthTaskforce.pdf
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3100125/
  • https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s40814-015-0035-x
  • https://d1wqtxts1xzle7.cloudfront.net/48819608/01.str.0000217653.01615.93v1.pdf?1473834087=&response-content-disposition=inline%3B+filename%3DReducing_the_Risk_of_Dementia_Efficacy_o.pdf&Expires=1595394194&Signature=burRhOOUPT2Cd2Sm4Aq7AQ2SQzVmtR9OW3HlRHm4T8Fj-LenG~YbtxLIERpiUeqiJYLE80Y8FpfIJ5Kw0QMi9-mzHyffQUknGiib0kn0prIwYUv5cazlKRCU~tcC6pX2V2LukgfUS7iMPkmrQFyi9~NftzKNAGeYkwg70dnWrVJAu~r2zuf01jFJ0RpqqLuprhJQisAJH-gUsBIWgy~mjd-3cdLD8ZOil6yGHOZxDNPhjUcHLgI2kvBDcDr3~Cx81MPueaqL~e1BIlRzPcZus-Mq3o-YUKvG2AX0sNEIK7vBEaz6AhQEEi0Ik-AleqrabfPSxa5ALe~O1faNIgqxTA__&Key-Pair-Id=APKAJLOHF5GGSLRBV4ZA
  • https://www.drperlmutter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/ACTIVITY-ANY-AGE.pdf