Skip to comments.Being overweight 'reduces dementia risk'
Posted on 04/09/2015 6:14:40 PM PDT by BenLurkin
The team at Oxon Epidemiology and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine analysed medical records from 1,958,191 people aged 55, on average, for up to two decades.
Their most conservative analysis showed underweight people had a 39% greater risk of dementia compared with being a healthy weight.
But those who were overweight had an 18% reduction in dementia - and the figure was 24% for the obese.
"Yes, it is a surprise," said lead researcher Dr Nawab Qizilbash.
He told the BBC News website: "The controversial side is the observation that overweight and obese people have a lower risk of dementia than people with a normal, healthy body mass index.
"That's contrary to most if not all studies that have been done, but if you collect them all together our study overwhelms them in terms of size and precision."
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I’ll stick with being thin and risk dementia Thank you.
I'm just short for my height.
theres GOLD in them thar fats...
Im thinking the residual positive fats...in the obese likely contribute brain chemicals that skinny people get far less of.
Ill have the beer and burger special please.....
I would say it is because obese people don’t live long enough to have dementia.
Do you realize you didn't put a period after dementia and, WORSE, capitalized thank?
I would suggest gaining weight, a lot of weight.
I’m not fat, I’m horizontally challenged.
I also read some time ago that chubby ol’ grey haired ladies just seem to go on and on and on like the energizer bunny.
As all my grannies were chubby and lasted in sound mind well into their 90s. Works for me.
so you either die fat and jolly or skinny and nuts
Why surprise? unless there are preconceived notions.
Gee, I wonder if the fact that the brain is composed of a high percentage of fats might be related...
If a proper diet were promulgated across the world, I think much of the dementia issue might be eradicated. You know - a diet heavier in proteins and fats than in carbs...
But I can only speculate, not being truly knowledgeable in the dietary arts...
Obesity presents a documented risk to longevity...so the noted age 55 is somewhat early for dementia onset...
The main challenge for a fat person is to live long enough into dementia. Thin people are simply much better in that.
Fun fact: the doc’s name literally means “red-head”...
(don’t ask how; I would rather put that part of my past behind me)
Didn’t work for me. :)
I think the average start time was 55 years. It took them to 75. You are correct in your assumption that obese people probably die from heart disease and other things before getting to an age of dementia.
The study would have to adjust for that.
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