Consider a LPA as new risk of dementia found

People with abdominal fat in middle age are more at risk of developing dementia, new research has found.

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine studied over 700 people and examined the association between body mass index and other fat measurements, against MRI measures.

It found that obesity is related to dementia such as Alzheimer's for people in later life.

Sudha Seshadri, who led the research, said: "Our data suggests a stronger connection between central obesity, particularly the visceral fat component of abdominal obesity, and risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease."

"Our findings, while preliminary, provide greater understanding of the mechanisms underlying the link between obesity and dementia," she added.

Those who anticipate that they will suffer from dementia in later life might want to consider writing a lasting power of attorney to nominate someone to handle legal issues and act as an agent when overcome by illness.

According to the World Health Organization, 24.3 million people have some form of dementia and 4.6 million people are diagnosed each year.

Written by Morag Lyall

Published on: May 20, 2010

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