Dementia is a major health challenge these days. A study shows adults with belly fat are more likely to suffer dementia within the next decade or two. Women are the most vulnerable ones. Women with above average belly fat have a 39% higher risk of suffering dementia. The risk for both men and women over 50 is 28%. Calculations are based on body mass index and the circumference of the waist.
One of the reasons dementia could be linked to obesity is the fact that the illness is related to hormones that derive from fat cells. In other words, body fat could affect vascular pathways that are associated with brain lesions.