Poor metabolic health linked with 12% higher risk of dementia later in life
Having conditions such as high blood pressure, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol, may increase the risk of developing dementia later in life, research suggests.
People living with metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions which also includes high levels of fat in the blood (triglycerides) and high blood sugar (glucose), are at 12% higher risk of developing dementia compared with those without the conditions, according to scientists at Oxford Population Health.
The research, published in Alzheimers & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimers Association also found that having all five components of metabolic syndrome increased the risk of dementia by 50%.
The scientist said that treating metabolic syndrome by using medicines or making lifestyle changes could help reduce this risk.