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Amyloid-beta protein, the protein associated with plaque formation in the degenerative brain condition, Alzheimer's disease, has been show to be positively correlated with how much a person weighs. Obesity increases the risk of many illnesses and adverse life events such as stroke and heart attack, however, excess body fat in people also increases their body's content of the Alzheimer's protein. This theoretically increases their likelihood of later suffering the memory loss, confusion and personality changes of Alzheimer's disease. Dementia can also be influenced by diabetes and heart disease, well known ailments induced by obesity.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Reuters Health
About: Alzheimer's protein affected by body fat
Date: 10 January 2006
Source: Reuters Health
Author: Anne Harding
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