Sunday, July 16, 2006

Well, now here's your excuse...

Weight loss can herald dementia

Image of weighing scales
Weight loss can be a sign that a woman will develop dementia in the future, US researchers have discovered.

In a study of over 1,000 people, women who later developed dementia had a drop in weight as early as a decade prior to the onset of memory loss.

The Mayo Clinic team do not think their finding will help doctors spot early dementia but say it could shed light on the brain mechanisms dementia affects.

They presented their work at an Alzheimer's conference in Spain.

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