Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Being overweight doesn't matter? - Part 1


I am going to post a series of logs for you in the next few days.  They are all taken from an article in today’s Guardian ‘Matter over mind’.  I am doing this because you might have heard about a report that tells us that being overweight doesn’t matter.  Well, that’s not quite the case, so I am going to give you the most up to date info on that and I also want to let you know why its worth bothering to exercise and to eat healthily. 

The longer we live, the more likely we are to develop dementia, there is no cure and it will usually manifest as impaired memory and possibly other symptoms such as reduced language, poor spatial awareness and loss of function.  The best course of action is prevention and we are going to have a look at what the most recent research shows us.

Watch your Body Mass Index (BMI)

You may have read of the report in the Lancet that said that being underweight in later life increases the risk of dementia.  However, the interpretation of this has been challenged and that some of this is dependent on when dementia is diagnosed (and how accurately) – the more balanced view from Gustafson from the State University of New York is that it is best not to be either under nor obese in middle age

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