People Who Are Overweight Or Obese In Middle Age May Be Less Likely To Develop Dementia Than Normal Weight, Underweight Peers.

HealthDay (4/10, Reinberg) reports that a study published online April 10 in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology suggests that people “who are overweight or obese in middle age may be less likely to develop dementia than their normal and underweight peers.” The study, which included almost two million people, revealed that “overweight and obese people were about 30 percent less likely to develop dementia 15 years later than people of a healthy weight.” In contrast, “underweight people were 34 percent more likely to develop dementia than those whose weight was normal.” Also covering the story are BBC News (4/10, Gallagher), The Guardian (UK) (4/10, Boseley) and the Daily Mail (UK)(4/10, Hope).

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— “Could Obesity Help Protect Against Dementia?,”Steven Reinberg, HealthDay, April 10, 2015.

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