Having a healthy life obviously implies a healthy lifestyle. If obesity is one of your problems, then you should know it causes much more. It doesn’t only affect the way you look, but it also takes its toll on your internal organs. Researchers show that the brain is one of them.
The University of Cambridge (London, U.K.) has recently conducted a study on the subject and released the results. What scientists observed it that overweight middle-aged people have a smaller brain than people with normal body weight. The extra amount of fat seems to affect their brains, aging them by ten years.
The new study was carried out with the help of 473 people, age appropriated, on whom the doctors run a set of analyses. Despite the results obtained so far, doctors still don’t know for sure how body weight exactly affects the brain and how are the two connected. They intend to enlarge upon the existing study.
Doctor Paul Fletcher, who teaches neuroscience at Cambridge, declared on their findings:
“It will also be important to find out whether these changes could be reversible with weight loss, which may well be the case.”
A smaller brain may be a sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, but this was not the case with the 473 patients who participated in the study and this is good news for the researchers. A similar study from 2001 indicated a relation between the two, so now this is an improvement.
Nevertheless, British doctor James Pickett, a specialist in Alzheimer’s disease, declared for The Guardian that the way in which the body functions can be surprising:
“The relationship between obesity and dementia is complex and studies on the subject have shown contradictory results.”
He also provided potential patients with some pieces of advice:
“The jury is still out regarding any potential links between obesity and risk of memory loss and dementia, but we do know that what is good for the heart is also good for the head. Evidence shows that the best ways to reduce your risk of dementia include following a healthy diet, taking plenty of exercise and stopping smoking.”
Taking care of our body and our health is often something that it up to us. We all should be aware of how much harm we can do to ourselves, as well as how much we can help ourselves.
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