Kidney failure and Alzheimer risk increases with obesity

January 10, 2006 in Nutrition Topics in the News

Kidney failure and Alzheimer risk increases with obesity
Researchers at the University of California and the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have found that the risk of kidney failure and Alzheimer�s increases with obesity.

When examining the risk of kidney failure, researchers examined data from over 320,000 people who were followed up for a period of 26 years. The risk of kidney failure was found to be seven times greater for obese individuals. Even moderately overweight individuals were twice as likely to develop the condition.

In a separate study that examined the risk of Alzheimer�s in obese individuals, a �strong link� was found to exist. The study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer�s Disease, found that the more overweight an individual was, the higher their blood levels of beta-amyloid, a sticky protein substance that builds up in the Alzheimer�s brain.

According to Statistics Canada, approximately 36 percent of Canadians are currently overweight.

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