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Diabetes, underweight increase risk of dementia, study finds

Japanese researchers found that older patients with diabetes were at a greater risk of having dementia than those without diabetes. The findings in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation, based on the 2010 Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study involving 3,696 older adults, ages at least 65, also showed that women with a body mass index of less than 18.5 kg/m2 were significantly more likely to develop dementia, compared with women with a higher BMI, and suggest "that it might be important to encourage older adults to consume more protein than younger to middle-aged adults," researchers said.

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