NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People who suffer from "love handles" or who have a large belly due to drinking beer may be more likely to develop dementia, a recent study shows.
The same study found that if someone is obese or has the "apple" body, which carries more weight at the abdominal and pelvic area than the hips, it has smaller volumes.
British researchers have discovered less gray matter in these people, suggesting that their brains are shrinking, and this contraction increases the risk of memory loss and dementia at a later age.
The researchers looked at the leadership of Loughborough University in more than 9,600 participants between the ages of 40 and 69, to measure waist circumference and hips as well as body mass index (BMI).
The study found that those with a higher proportion of fat in the waist than hips, they have brains 1.5% smaller than those who have a healthy weight.
Researchers believe that fat can stimulate the immune system to overreact and damage the brain, leading to shrinkage and increased the risk of obesity.
"Love handles," a term that describes excess fat accumulated in the abdomen, waist, and thighs, or who have a large belly and who have an "apple" body, may be a warning sign that the owners of this type of body They may be at risk of amnesia, and their brains may have already shrunk after the loss of gray matter in brain regions that helps control appetite and a sense of full coherence.
"Our study looked at a large group of people and we found that obesity, especially around the waist, may be linked to brain shrinkage," said Dr. Mark Hammer, who led the study at Loughborough University.
"This will need more research, but measuring BMI and waist and hips fat on a regular basis can help determine brain health," Hammer said.
"The study adds to existing evidence that highlights the link between healthy weight and healthy brain, but researchers did not look at whether participants started developing diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, and this will need further research to explore the future," Hammer said. .
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