Obesity may exacerbate effects of Alzheimer’s Disease – Study

Eat less; move more; live longer and keep cognition – words to live by.

New research from the University of Sheffield has found being overweight is an additional burden on brain health and it may exacerbate Alzheimer’s Disease.

The pioneering multi-modal neuro-imaging study revealed obesity may contribute toward neural tissue vulnerability, whilst maintaining a healthy weight in mild Alzheimer’s disease dementia could help to preserve brain structure.

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The findings, published in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Reports, also highlight the impact being overweight in mid-life could have on brain health in older age.

Lead author of the study, Professor Annalena Venneri from the University of Sheffield’s Neuroscience Institute and NIHR Sheffield Biomedical Research Centre, said: “More than 50 million people are thought to be living with Alzheimer’s disease and despite decades of ground breaking studies and a huge global research effort we still don’t have a cure for this cruel disease.

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