There has been so much written about physical appearance and embracing your curves. I do agree to a certain extent, but when your curves (male or female) affect your health, you should reconsider.
A new study published this week in Neurology has linked being overweight or obese in midlife with an increased risk of developing Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in later life. Overweight is defined as a person with a BMI over 25 and obese a BMI over 30. Out of the 8534 Swedish Twins studied, nearly 30% were obese or overweight during middle age. In addition, it was found that people who were overweight or obese during midlife had an 80% higher risk of developing Dementia, Alzheimer´s or vascular Dementia in comparison to those with a normal BMI.
In addition when they analysed twin pair data where one twin had Dementia and the other not, the link between obesity and overweight and development of dementia in midlife was no longer significant.The authors concluded that environmental and genetic factors in early life could have an impact on the link between midlife obesity and the development of Dementia.
This is altogether great news,but what does that mean for overweight individuals today? Is the risk for development of Dementia a great enough fear to change diet and lifestyle habits? I do hope so although the clinical signs of Dementia may take years to develop and may not be as great a motivating factor.
Nutrigenomics may help individuals understand better why and how they metabolize macronutrients such as lipids and carbohydrates in order to make dietary changes that aim to maintain or attain a healthy weight. In addition, it can point individuals to what type of exercise would suit their genetic make-up the best to get the most out of a workout.
So while we reach middle age, let´s be mindful of our waistline and aim to stay below the (yellow) BMI line of 25