Obesity in middle age and future risk of dementia: Midlife obesity increases risk of future dementia

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7514.455 (Published 18 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:455
  1. George Razay, senior lecturer in geriatric medicine and director of research (george.razay@dhhs.tas.gov.au),
  2. Anthea Vreugdenhil, research coordinator
  1. Launceston General Hospital, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia
  2. Launceston General Hospital, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia

    EDITOR—Whitmer et al reported a prospective study showing that obesity in middle age was associated with increased risk of future dementia.1 However, little information was given on the types of dementia. This is important especially in Alzheimer's disease, in which vascular risk factors might contribute to its development.2 We have investigated the relation between Alzheimer's disease and obesity throughout adult life in a small case-control …

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