Abdominal people are at risk of contracting this disease

Abdominal people are at risk of contracting this disease


Online citizenship – Arash Nahavandi: Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA, say that abdominal fat can affect the brain health and cognitive function of people at risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The results of this study were published in “Obesity” magazine on February 27.

According to Medical News Today, Dr. Schneider Beery, the senior author of this study, and his team selected 204 healthy middle-aged individuals with a history of Alzheimer’s disease in their families. The average age of the participants in this study was about 60 years and 60% of the participants were women.

The participants in this research were subjected to “abdominal magnetic resonance imaging” (MRI) to measure visceral and subcutaneous fat and to measure cognitive and brain volume. After further analysis, the researchers found that their participants’ higher abdominal fat volume was associated with lower gray matter volume in their brains. The researchers also found that middle-aged men at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease compared to female participants had higher amounts of pancreatic fat, which is associated with lower cognition and brain volume.

Dr. Michal Schneider-Biri, director of the Herbert and Jacqueline Krieger-Kline Alzheimer’s Research Center at the Rutgers Institute for Brain Health and senior author of the study, explained: The association of risk factors such as obesity with Alzheimer’s is stronger when the risk factors develop in middle age. Therefore, we are very interested in focusing on middle age as a critical period for potential prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

About 47 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which is expected to reach 76 million by 2030.

In Iran, we have more than one million people with Alzheimer’s, of course, some of them may not have been identified or included in the statistics. In Iran, one person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 7 minutes, and the monthly cost of a person suffering from dementia (forgetfulness and dementia) is estimated between 5 and 15 million Tomans, depending on the stage the patient is in.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Several factors may affect a person’s risk of developing this disease. These factors include:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • smoking
  • Alcohol use
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • obesity

Abdominal fat is subcutaneous or visceral fat that lies deep in the abdominal cavity and surrounds organs such as the pancreas and liver. A person’s abdominal fat can be determined by using a tape measure to measure the waist circumference.

While a healthy level of visceral fat is used to protect these organs, too much of it has been linked to health problems, including:

Previous studies have also looked at the link between unhealthy body weight levels and dementia risk. Results of a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in November 2023 showed that visceral fat can cause Alzheimer’s-related brain changes up to 15 years before diagnosis. Research published in August 2018 also found that higher levels of abdominal fat in older adults are associated with cognitive decline.

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