Archive for September 2012

Maintaining Normal Weight And Other Key Health Factors Affect Aging Brain Function

September 21, 2012
 

Nutritious dietary intake and
maintaining healthy weight
is good for your brain…

Eating a healthy diet and maintaining a normal weight helps protect your brain, according to a 10-year study of 6,401 British civil servants.

Participants in the study (initially ages 39-63)
were less likely to have impaired cognitive
function if they were not overweight or obese.

Those with multiple markers of “metabolic abnormality” were more likely to suffer
impaired cognitive function; these markers
included high cholesterol or triglycerides,
high blood pressure, low HDL (good) cholesterol, high glucose levels or diabetes.

In followup mental testing at the 5 and 10-year points, those who were both obese and “metabolically abnormal” were significantly more likely to show a faster rate of cognitive decline.

Researchers speculated that vascular problems associated with unhealthy weight might affect
brain function, along with specific fat-related secretions that impact the aging brain.

Journal Reference:
Neurology
 This article is for informational and educational

purposes only;  It is not intended to provide
medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Consult your doctor or healthcare professional.
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