Obesity compromises brain function as we age
The risk factors associated with obesity keep mounting. The latest finding? As they age, people who are obese or have metabolic disorders like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high triglycerides, see cognitive function decline much more quickly than those whose weight is considered normal.
A study published in the journal Neurology indicates that decline can be up to 22.5% faster.
Why? Scientists aren't sure. Fat tissue may contribute to hormonal imbalances in the body that negatively affect the brain. Lifestyle choices like little exercise and a larger likelihood of smoking could play a part.
Whatever the reason, one thing is certain: losing one's mental capacity is heart breaking and scary for individuals and families. Protect your brain so you can enjoy your later years in life, because you should have the opportunity tell your grandchildren corny stories about buying milk at school for 10 cents. You should have the opportunity to share your precious memories of childhood, your wedding day, and your triumph in the workplace. Telling these stories are rights of old age. Keep your weight under control so you can seize them.