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Alzheimer’s risk factors study calls out obesity in midlife

Healthy aging of the brain relies on the health of your heart and blood vessels when you're younger, a new study reports. People with risk factors for heart disease and stroke in middle age are more likely to have elevated levels of amyloid, a sticky protein known to clump together and form plaques in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease, the researchers said.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

The relation between obesity and diabetes with Alzheimer’s is via insulin resistance. Insulin resistance in the brain reduces the uptake of glucose into the nerve cells making them more prone to cellular death.

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