Need more motivation to slim down? How's this: Having a healthy body mass index, a BMI of 18.5 - 24.9, at age 50 may delay the onset of Alzheimer's, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published in Molecular Psychiatry. On the other hand, being overweight, with a BMI of 25 or more, is associated with Alzheimer's developing sooner.
After looking at medical records of 1,400 people who underwent regular cognitive testing over a 14-year period, researchers made an extraordinary finding about the roughly 10% who were diagnosed with Alzheimer's: A bump in BMI correlated with an onset of the disease 6 1/2 months sooner.
“Maintaining a healthy BMI at midlife is likely to have long-lasting protective effects,” lead study author and NIH National Institute on Aging researcher Madhav Thambisetty, M.D., Ph.D., told the Associated Press.
While slender folks may develop Alzheimer's at some point in their lives, it seems the condition doesn't rear its ugly head until later on. And who doesn't want more good years in their life? If you're approaching age 50 and have some weight to lose, shed those pounds now to reap this benefit. Unfortunately, researchers aren't sure if losing weight after age 50 has similar protective effects.
Your life just got exponentially better and more stylish now you've signed up for our newsletter. Fabulousness awaits!