Introduction: We conducted a meta-analysis of the conflicting epidemiologic evidence on the association between midlife body mass index (BMI) and dementia.
Methods: We searched standard databases to identify prospective, population-based studies of dementia risk by midlife underweight, overweight, and obesity. We performed random-effects meta-analyses and meta-regressions of adjusted relative risk (RR) estimates and formally explored between-study heterogeneity.
Results: We included 19 studies on 589,649 participants followed up for up to 42 years. Midlife obesity, but not overweight, was associated with dementia in late life. The association with midlife underweight was potentially driven by residual confounding, selection, and information bias.
Discussion: Obesity in midlife increases the risk of dementia. The association between underweight and dementia remains controversial.

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Keywords BMI, Body mass index, Dementia, Meta-analysis, Obesity
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dadm.2017.05.007, hdl.handle.net/1765/100936
Journal Alzheimer's and Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment and Disease Monitoring
Citation
Albanese, E, Launer, L.J, Egger, M, Prince, M, Giannakopoulos, P, Wolters, F.J, & Egan, K. (2017). Body mass index in midlife and dementia: Systematic review and meta-regression analysis of 589,649 men and women followed in longitudinal studies. Alzheimer's and Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment and Disease Monitoring (Vol. 8, pp. 165–178). doi:10.1016/j.dadm.2017.05.007