Alzheimer’s – Health News – — Over the past several years, researchers have noticed an odd pattern in the relationship between body weight and Alzheimer’s disease: Middle-aged people have a higher long-term risk of developing the disease if they’re overweight or obese, while older people have a lower risk of the disease if they’re carrying excess weight.A new study, published this week in the journal Neurology, may offer a clue to this so-called obesity paradox. Non-overweight individuals in their late 60s, 70s, and early 80s who have no outward symptoms of Alzheimer’s are more likely than their heavier peers to have biological markers or biomarkers of the disease, the study found. This finding raises the possibility that weight loss or a low body mass index BMI later in life may be an early warning sign of mental decline, the researchers say. Read More

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