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Obesity and dementia

20 Jun

A study published in the March issue of the journal Obesity suggests that current projections may underestimate the prevalence of dementia in the future.

It is well know that the number of cases of dementia will increase as result of the aging of the baby boom generation. However,  these forecasts have not factored in the fact that many people now in middle age are obese and, thus, are at a higher risk for dementia.

The authors of the study project that in the United States the rate of dementia will be 9% higher than current estimates In China they project the rate will be 19% higher. They call for policies that will help reduce midlife obesity.

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