How can losing weight and dementia be related to one another. Well studies show that in older women with a greater rate of weight loss over 20 years are more prone to getting dementia than those with a lower rate of weight loss. The chances of developing dementia also known as MCI are increased by 30% in women with a weight loss rate of 0.5kg a year. After adjusting age, health, education, and even walking speed the chances increase by 17% with 0.5kg a year weight loss. This connection shows that the chances of developing dementia can be increased depending on the amount of weight loss in older women over 20 years. After a full adjustment the authors write, “Rate of weight loss over 20 years was associated with development of MCI or dementia in women surviving past 80 years”.

Key Points:

  • 1The odds of MCI/dementia were increased 11 percent for each 1 percent average deviation from each woman’s predicted weight curve.
  • 2The researchers found that the chance of developing MCI or dementia was increased for women with greater rate of weight loss over 20 years.
  • 3Rate of weight loss over 20 years was associated with development of MCI or dementia in women surviving past 80 years.


The researchers found that the chance of developing MCI or dementia was increased for women with greater rate of weight loss over 20 years.

Read the full article at: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-12-dementia-older-women-tied-year.html

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