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Too Much Weight at 50 Tied to Early Alzheimer's


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  • People who are overweight at age 50 are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease sooner than those who are not
  • People who were overweight or obese at midlife developed symptoms nearly seven months sooner than those of a healthy weight
  • The onset of symptoms moved up by 6.7 months for each unit increase in midlife body mass index (BMI)
  • Those with a high BMI were also more likely to have greater amounts of amyloid proteins in their brain, which is linked to Alzheimer’s

By Dr. Mercola

More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, and the number is steadily increasing. Someone in the US develops the disease every 67 seconds, and by 2025 it's estimated that the number with Alzheimer's will increase 40 percent to more than 7 million.

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