According to reports, a fat belly in middle age can cause dementia in old age. A new study conducted by researchers from Kaiser Permanente Division of Research reveals that overweight people have a greater risk of developing dementia in old age. Where the fat is deposited is also a crucial factor in this. This study has been published in the online issue of Neurology. Other than regular exercise & dieting, one option to cut down hard to lose belly fat is Tummy tuck.

Highlights of the study
a. 6,583 Northern California Kaiser members were studied by researchers.
b. Their bellies were measured between 1964 and 1973 when they were 40 to 45 years old.
c. After about three decades, it was seen that 16 per cent had developed dementia.
d. It was also noticed that overweight people with a large belly were 2.3 times more likely to develop dementia than those with a normal weight and belly size.
e. Obese people with a large belly were 3.6 times more likely to develop dementia.
f. Overweight people who had relatively flat stomachs had an 80 per cent increased risk of dementia.
g. Thin participants with large stomachs hips also fell in the risky category.
h. It was also found that nonwhites, smokers, people with hypertension or high cholesterol and lesser educated people tended to have bigger bellies.
i. However, it is not yet clear as to how belly fat contributes to dementia, but there are many theories.