Slim Your Waist, Pro­tect Your Brain

Prevention (USA) - - PULSE -

Los­ing a few pounds may help you stay sharp. A study of 1,289 adults in the jour­nal Neu­rol­ogy found that hav­ing a higher BMI and waist cir­cum­fer­ence was as­so­ci­ated with hav­ing a thin­ner cor­tex, which has been tied to worse cog­ni­tion in late life. Re­searchers sus­pect the chronic in­flam­ma­tion caused by obe­sity may play a role, and the dis­cov­ery pro­vides yet an­other rea­son to main­tain a healthy weight. “De­men­tia is a grow­ing bur­den in the U.S., and there are no cu­ra­tive ther­a­pies, so fo­cus­ing on risk fac­tors you can mod­ify, such as be­ing over­weight, can help,” says Michelle Caunca, Ph.D., lead study au­thor and med­i­cal sci­en­tist in train­ing at the Univer­sity of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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