Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Risk of Dementia And Being Overweight

A new study from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden shows that having a Body Mass Index or BMI between 25 and 30 can increase your risk of developing dementia later in life by 80%. A BMI between 25 and 30 is classified as being overweight. A BMI over 30 is obese.

By being overweight or obese, you not only increase your risk of dementia's, but also increase your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. This study shows the importance of controlling your weight with diet and exercise. Studies conducted by Dr. Nikolaos Scarmeas have shown that eating a Mediterranean type of diet and staying physically active can reduce your risks of developing Alzheimer's disease by 60%.

You can calculate your BMI here.

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