Having excess body fat has been connected to lower scores in cognitive tests and could cause early aging of your brain, according to a group of Canadian researchers.
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Both the Digital Symbol Substitution Test (DSST) and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) were used to assess a range of cognitive functions in a group of 9189 participants.
Total body fat and visceral adipose tissue (VAT) — the fat that predominantly sits around organs in the abdominal cavity — were measured.
Those in the highest quartile of body fat were found to have an equivalent to an additional 3 years of cognitive aging.
Inflammation that is associated with being overweight or obese could play a role in why cognitive skills are affected.
Increased blood flow to the brain through physical exercise may be able to help limit cognitive impairment even in those with a high body mass index (BMI).
This is a summary of the article "Excess weight may accelerate brain aging" published by Medical News Today on February 4. The full article can be found on medicalnewstoday.com.
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Cite this: Being Overweight Could Age Your Brain - Medscape - Feb 09, 2022.