16 March 2009

Obesity and heart disease linked to risk of cognitive impairment

Metabolic syndrome linked to women’s cognitive impairment risk
University of California, San Francisco: 9 March 2009
Older women with the metabolic syndrome – a constellation of health-risk factors – had a 66 percent increase in risk of developing cognitive impairment compared with women who did not have the syndrome, according to a large study of post-menopausal women led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

The study, which appears in the March, 2009 issue of “Archives of Neurology,” showed that every additional symptom added 23 percent greater risk of cognitive impairment.
Metabolic syndrome is defined by the presence of three or more of five symptoms: abdominal obesity, elevated blood triglycerides (fatty acids), reduced HDL or “good” cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.

The results mean that it is “vital for physicians to be aware of the increased risk of cognitive impairment in patients with the metabolic syndrome,” according to lead author Kristine Yaffe, MD, chief of geriatric psychiatry at SFVAMC. … > full press release : review by MedPage Today

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