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Abdominal obesity with diabetes doubles risk for cognitive impairment

September 21, 2017

Among older Chinese adults with abdominal obesity, having type 2 diabetes more than doubled the risk for developing cognitive impairment, although neither condition was independently linked to dementia risk, study data show.

“Diabetes and obesity often develop in the same context of insulin resistance, which is thought to be the crossroad of metabolic and cognitive disorders,” Yanbo Li, of the department of neurology at The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, and colleagues wrote. “Although diabetes and obesity were already considered to be associated with cognitive impairment in older adults as independent factors, the interaction effect of diabetes with obesity on the development of cognitive impairment is unclear.”

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