A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that obesity increases a woman's chances of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Women who are overweight at age 70 are at high risk for developing Alzheimer's disease 10 to 18 years later. This study confirms an extensive number of studies showing that anything that damages blood vessels increases risk for dementia. In fact every single risk factor for heart attacks is a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. Eating too much fat and saturated fat , eating too few vegetables, not exercising, being overweight, having high blood pressure, having a family history of heart attacks or strokes, not eating enough omega-3 fatty acids in fish, whole grains and seeds, having a high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, or any other disease associated with damage to the blood vessels. You may prevent heart attacks and dementia by eating a healthy diet, exercising and avoiding overweight. Also see report #G101.

Archives of Internal Medicine July, 2003

Checked 8/9/05

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