Larger waist size may point to dementia risk

Older adults with a healthy weight but a large waistline could have a higher risk of developing dementia, according to a recent study.

Weight gain and obesity are known risk factors for dementia, and body mass index (BMI) is often used to estimate excess body fat. (BMI is a measure that takes into account both weight and height.)

Research in the November 2019 issue of Obesity looked at 473,000 people, ages 65 and older who were part of a national health screening exam in South Korea. After 6.5 years, 13% had been newly diagnosed with dementia. Among the men with a healthy BMI, rates of dementia rose consistently along with waist sizes of 35.5 inches and larger.

The researchers suggested that among older people, waist size may be better than BMI as an indicator of excess fat. This is because older people tend to lose muscle and gain fat without a change in their weight. A larger waist size is also a sign of excess visceral fat, the deeper type of fat stored within the abdominal cavity. Higher amounts of visceral fat also have been linked with such health issues as heart disease and diabetes.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13   I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.

Psalm 1:1-6   Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; …

John 14:1   “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.

John 16:24  Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy full.

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