THE LINK BETWEEN OBESITY AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: REDUCING THE RISK
Worldwide dementia affects nearly 50 million people with rates only increasing. Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is the most prevalent form of dementia. Additionally, in America, 40% of adults over the age of 20 are obese. Evidence suggests obesity combined with natural aging contributes to a person’s susceptibility of developing AD. In this course, we will guide you through the specific metabolic complications associated with obesity that increase one’s risk for developing AD. Furthermore, we will discuss nutrition and lifestyle approaches that can be utilized by nutrition professionals to help minimize the risk of developing AD.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
Understand a brief pathophysiology of AD.
Explain the basic metabolic abnormalities associated with obesity and how they relate to AD.
Know what research has been completed and is currently investigating nutrition links to cognition/AD.
Discuss nutrition and lifestyle interventions that may decrease risk for developing AD/cognitive decline.
About the Presenter: Aaron Smith, MS, RD, LD, ACSM CPT
Aaron Smith is a Registered Dietitian working in various settings including higher education, health and wellness, and clinical. Currently, Aaron is working on his PhD at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. His focus is on the interrelationships between body composition, bioenergetics in the brain, and cognition. He is involved in human research that is attempting to ascertain a diet pattern that may help slow cognitive decline.