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Central Obesity, Leptin and Cognitive Decline: The Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging

BACKGROUND/AIMS: Central obesity is a risk factor for cognitive decline. Leptin is secreted by adipose tissue and has been associated with better cognitive function. Aging Mexican Americans have higher levels of obesity than non-Hispanic Whites, but no investigations examined the relationship between leptin and cognitive decline among them or the role of central obesity in this association. METHODS: We analyzed 1,480 dementia-free older Mexican Americans who were followed over 10 years. Cognitive function was assessed every 12-15 months with the Modified Mini Mental State Exam (3MSE) and the Spanish and English Verbal Learning Test (SEVLT). RESULTS: For females with a small waist circumference (

Authors: Zeki Al Hazzouri A; Haan MN; Whitmer RA; Yaffe K; Neuhaus J

Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2012;33(6):400-9. Epub 2012 Jul 17.

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