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WASHINGTON: One more reason to watch the waistline: New research says people's weight in middle age may influence not just whether they go on to develop Alzheimer's disease, but when.Obesity in midlife has long been suspected of increasing the risk of Alzheimer's. To explore obesity's effects, Thambisetty's team turned to the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, one of the longest-running projects to track what happens to healthy people as they get older. They checked the records of nearly 1,400 participants who had undergone regular cognitive testing every year or two for about 14 years; 142 of them developed Alzheimer's.The Alzheimer's study didn't track whether the patients' BMI fluctuated before or after age 50 .
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