Study Shows Overweight People Tend To Lose Brain Function Faster
Posted on June 23 2016
Not only does weight control benefit your body as we all know, it now seems to protect your brain as well
In a new study published in Neurology, Archana Singh-Manoux, PhD, of Hôpital Paul Brousse in Villejuif, France, and colleagues compared the body-mass index (BMI) and various metabolic conditions with cognitive function over a ten-year period among 6400 British civil servants ages 39 to 63 at the outset.
Then scientists report an association between being overweight or obese and impaired cognitive function. Combined with other health issues such as diabetes or high cholesterol, extra weight increased the odds of actual mental decline over time.
The researchers reported in Neurology that lower weight was associated with better cognition at the start of the study. In follow-up mental testing, those who were obese and metabolically abnormal were significantly more likely to show a faster rate of decline of brain function.
The scientists speculated that vascular problems associated with weight might affect brain function, along with fat-related secretions that impact the aging brain.
I have preached weight control for physical health for years. When we now add mental acuity to the equation, it becomes even more important than ever to watch our weight.
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