Dementia Not in Your Head, in Your Belly Study Finds

New research finds dementia may be linked to metabolic syndrome. If being a couch potato had a clinical diagnosis it would be called metabolic syndrome. Unfortunately for couch potatoes, your belly may have more to do with your brain than you think. Indeed,  your brain functioning may be directly impacted by your waist size.  The same study found a small waistline may actually help protect against Alzheimer’s.

According to the study involving more than 7,000 elderly people, “metabolic syndrome amplified the threat of vascular dementia specifically, whereas it had no effect on Alzheimer’s disease or on general dementia during the four years of observation.”

Why the link? Metabolic syndrome causes vascular problems. There is evidence that age-related memory problems may be the result of inefficient blood flow. In particular, vascular dementia is a type of dementia that is caused by reduced blood flow to the brain.

What is metabolic syndrome?

Linked to obesity and physical inactivity, metabolic syndrome is now an epidemic in the U.S. having become the major health threat of the 21st century. It is the most frequent cause of increasing your chance of having a heart attack, diabetes, or a stroke. In fact, it may well overtake smoking as a cause of these maladies. It is estimated that 50 million Americans are affected, and the numbers continue to rise.

Metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms associated with:

  • Blood pressure greater than 130/80
  • Waist circumference greater than 40 inches in men or 35 inches in women
  • Triglycerides greater than 150
  • HDL Cholesterol lower than 40 in men or 50 in women
  • Fasting blood glucose greater than 110

Don’t be a couch potato, instead time to put on your shoes and start walking. Indeed, other research has suggests that physical exercise helps prevent dementia.

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  • I knew 9 people who have died from, and 6 more who are dieing with Alzheimers. Not a single one of them was or is the least bit overweight nor was ever a “couch potato”. Every one of them were hard working, outdoor types (hunting, boating, fishing, hiking, gardening, grand-parenting etc.) right up until they suffered the ravages of this insidious disease.This article, IMHO, is pure propaganda, and based on not ONE iota of scientific fact.

  • There is a very long list of what causes dementia. It is NOT all Alzheimers. Neurological diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, oxygen deprivation due to home heating devices or smoking or being in a fire, oxygen deprivation during an accident or during an operation using anesthesia, lung disorders that reduce our ability to receive oxygen, blood disorders like anemia… the list is too long. Ordinarily I’d say those who are avid ourdoorsmen are probably the most susceptible because they THINK they can do anything. And then something catches up to them. It often happens in steps where a slight loss from a stroke or blood clot causes something not so noticeable. So if you suddenly realize you are unable to speak as you have been used to doing, You have had your first symptom. Being extraordinarily tired is another reason to think you have a problem and have lost oxygen necessary to your well being.

    While I don’t believe the fat tummy is the CAUSE of the brain damage, it is certainly a MAJOR SIGNAL that you have a diabetic or metabolic syndrome that often causes vascular episodes… which kill your brain cells. Obviously even skinny people can have clotting problems where the clot travels to the brain, deprives a section of the brain of oxygen and kills brain cells. But people who exercise have created over time an ability to use oxygen more effectively… but some people who run until they cannot, are probably damaging their brain cells as the oxygen goes to the muscles instead of the brain… and the brain is feeling that endorphin high causing exhiliaration. So they are depleting their oxygen and also killing brain cells. MOTTO: Everything in moderation.

  • “Don’t be a couch potato, instead time to put on your shoes and start walking. Indeed, other research has suggests that physical exercise helps prevent dementia.”


  • Peg, it is anybody who would pretend to be a scientist without taking a good course in logic…. so that goes for journalists who report such ignorance without comment too.

  • The article is confusing at best. The first paragraph says “The same study found a small waistline may actually help protect against Alzheimer’s.” The second paragraph says “…whereas it had no effect on Alzheimer’s disease or on general dementia…”

    We are left to guess whether the author misused the term Alzheimer’s to refer to vascular dementia, or if the other cited facts are incorrect.

  • Ok, let’s just accept that the author of this article should find a new profession or develop some logic skills.

  • I would strongly suggest that you find yourself new writers for your news articles. I had to follow 2 links to find out what the heck brought us to these conclusions. Try reading some real health news at where its concise and to the point.

  • I want to add my agreement that “fyi Living” is showing that thier writers can not be trusted to write accurate, well researched logical articles AND unfortunately, “fyi Living” copy editors are unaquainted with a language called english AND “fyi Living” editors don’t enforce quality writing and fact checking.

    So to sum up, “fyi Living” now has the credability of a very small town high school newspaper that is run by the football coach.

    Now me and my big belly are going to have some ice cream before I forget where I live.

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