In a study to be published in the next issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, experts examined the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and dementia in men and women in Germany. The scientists used data from the Disease Analyzer (IQVIA) database. Patients observed from January 2006 to December 2019 were selected from this.
A total of 296,767 people were included in the study. Their mean age was 70.2 years, of which 54.3% were women.
Excess weight in women was associated with the development of senile dementia, and in men, on the contrary, underweight.
If we talk about types of dementia, with obesity, women more often suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, while with excess body weight they develop a type of dementia that cannot be defined. In male patients, a negative association was also found between Alzheimer’s disease and obesity, but low weight was already associated with dementia of unknown origin.
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