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New: Lose Those Extra Pounds to Keep Your Brain Healthy
We’ve known for years that being overweight affects our bodies in many negative ways. It can raise your blood pressure, make your cholesterol levels dangerously high, and increase your risk of developing diabetes.
So, doesn’t it make sense that our diet also affects our brains? Researchers who study this issue think that is the case.
A series of research studies demonstrate that if you don’t take care of your health, it will lead to compromised brain function.
Maintain a Healthy Weight and Preserve Your Brain!
A 2015 study in the Journal of Pediatrics that found obese children performed more poorly on memory tasks that test the hippocampus compared with kids who weren't overweight. The hippocampus is the part of the brain associated with forming, storing and processing memories.
• Research conducted by Lucy Cheke, a Psychologist from the Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience, found that obese people have less white matter in their brains than their lean peers. It was as if their brains were 10 years older.
•University of Arizona researchers did experiments to investigate why being overweight impacted brain function. The study found that high body mass is linked to inflammation, which affects the brain.
• The most recent study was conducted on rats by Terry Davidson, Director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at American University. He discovered a vicious cycle between bad diets and brain changes. Davidson explains that a diet high in saturated fats and sugars affects the parts of the brain that are important to memory and makes people more likely to crave the unhealthful food.
to read more about how a healthy diet preserves brain function while an unhealthy one has the opposite effect.