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OVERWEIGHT AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE 

Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that obesity 
increases a woman's chances of developing Alzheimer's disease. 

 
Women who are overweight at age 70 are at high risk for developing 
Alzheimer's disease 10 to 18 years later. This study confirms an 
extensive number of studies showing that anything that damages blood 
vessels increases risk for dementia. In fact every single risk 
factor for heart attacks is a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. 
Eating too much fat and saturated fat , eating too few vegetables, 
not exercising, being overweight, having high blood pressure, having 
a family history of heart attacks or strokes, not eating enough 
omega-3 fatty acids in fish, whole grains and seeds, having a high 
cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, or any 
other disease associated with damage to the blood vessels. You may 
prevent heart attacks and dementia by eating a healthy diet, 
exercising and avoiding overweight. Also see report #G101. 

Archives of Internal Medicine July, 2003

Checked 8/9/05