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Preventing obesity earlier in life may reduce Alzheimer’s damage

By | Minseo Jeong |

Alzheimer’s disease is a common form of dementia. It is characterized by the degeneration of brain cells and cognitive decline that progress over time.

Although there is currently no cure for this condition, eating a healthful diet is a critical factor that influences brain health. This may delay, or even prevent, the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

A new study from the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, which now appears in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Reports, analyzed the relationship between obesity and the brain across varying stages of cognitive health.

The team collected brain images of three participant groups: cognitively healthy, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and mild Alzheimer’s disease.

By using two indicators of obesity — body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference — the team investigated whether or not there were any associations between these and brain structure changes.

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