Does Weight problems Make Your Mind Age Quicker?

White Matter in the Brain and Obesity
It’s common knowledge that maintaining a healthy weight lowers the risk of several health problems and is necessary for general wellbeing. But what if being obese also raised the chance of neurological conditions in addition to conditions like diabetes and heart disease?
An internet post that was just released mentions a study that seems to show a connection between obesity and a decline in white matter in the brain. The brain tissue known as “white matter” is responsible for signal transmission throughout the brain, enabling regular cognitive and physiological processes. White matter degeneration is a typical finding in patients with neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. But white matter loss is also a natural aspect of ageing; even in the absence of neurodegenerative disease or cognitive decline, it is typical for white matter in the brain to gradually decline with age.
Evidence from a study at the University of Cambridge in the UK suggests that brain white matter levels in obese individuals were lower than those considered typical for their age. Data from 473 individuals who were deemed cognitively healthy—that is, who had no known brain diseases—were studied by the researchers. They separated the participants into groups based on weight—obese and healthy—and looked at brain scans for each member of each group. The researchers observed that the white matter levels in the two groups were different, with the fat people having lower levels than the non-obese people.
White matter levels in obese brains were comparable to those of a person ten years older than their chronological age, in terms of cognitive age. Stated differently, it seems that obesity accelerates the ageing process of the brain. These symptoms simply suggested a modification in brain physiology, not a reduction in IQ or cognitive capacity. Although more research is required, this is undoubtedly an interesting finding for everyone trying to keep their brain functioning at its best.

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