Dementia upswing linked to obesity rate, side effects

Capital News Service
LANSING – The number of Michigan residents with dementia is on the rise and the state’s increasing obesity rate could be linked. Studies show that obesity in mid-life is among many risk factors for developing dementia later in life, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of Michigan residents with dementia increased 6 percent, according to the department. The numbers are expected to increase. In 2000, the Michigan obesity rate was 20 to 24 percent of adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.