Beer belly linked to dementia risk

People with beer bellies in their 40s are twice as likely to develop dementia in their 70s as people with little abdominal fat, US research suggests.

For the study, researchers measured the waists of 6,583 people aged 40-45 years.

Over an average 36 years' follow-up, 16 per cent of participants were diagnosed with dementia.

Those with a large waist were 2.3 times more likely to develop the condition than people with a normal belly size.

Those who were obese and had a large waist were 3.6 times more likely to develop dementia than those of normal weight and waist size.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

Neurology Online 2008

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