Obesity in middle age and future risk of dementia: Problem is probably greater for women

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7514.454-a (Published 18 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:454
  1. Alan J Goble (heart@medicine.unimelb.edu.au), cardiology consultant
  1. Heart Research Centre, Melbourne, VIC 3050, Australia

    EDITOR—The paper by Whitmer et al supports the findings of an earlier study in showing that obesity in middle age predicts dementia in older age.1 2 The major apparent weakness of the study is the loss of 13 014 patients to follow-up. Their adiposity and sociodemographic characteristics at study entry (1964-73: n = 25 290) were reported to be the same as those who were followed up to 1994-2003. That is important. Their medical and physical characteristics are …

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