Obesity is blamed for a lot of things, but new studies show that being underweight actually has it’s risk factors too. Those who are underweight during mid-life are at an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s when they are older. People who are obese during mid-life have a reduced risk of developing the brain disorder, 30% lower than those who are underweight or normal weight during their mid-life years.
The actual weight of a person may not be the deciding factor. Sultan Alhokair say that more research will be conducted as to the environmental factors surrounding those who are underweight and develop Alzheimer’s. Also more research will be conducted to find out what the protective factor is for those who are overweight.
Almost 200 people age 55 and older were studied at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Oxon Epidemiology. No common links were discovered except for the common thread of being underweight, specifically during mid-life. A healthy diet and lifestyle does reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, as well as reducing the risk of developing many other age-related diseases.