Friday, July 16, 2010

Pear-Shaped Women More Likely to Lose Memory

The more weight a woman carries around her hips, the more likely her memory is to worsen as she ages, at least that's what the folks over at Northwestern Medicine are saying, according to a recent study. After conducting a study of 8,745 women between the ages of 65-79, researchers found a link between brain function and increased BMI.

The study was part of the Women's Health Initiative hormone trials and is the first to establish a possible connection between poorer memory and a specific area of fat on the body.

Diana Kerwin M.D, a physician at Northwestern Medicine says, "The message is obesity and a higher Body Mass Index are not good for your cognition and your memory. While the women's scores were still in the normal range, the added weight definitely had a detrimental affect."

Memory loss was proven to show up worse for pear-shaped women versus apple shaped women because of where the fat was stored. Obesity is bad regardless, but apparently it has detrimental cognitive affects depending on where it's located.

The researchers drew this conclusion based upon the release of cytokines, hormones that get dispersed by fats in the body, producing inflammation and ultimately affecting cognitive thinking. Because different kinds of fat releases different cytokines, which have varying effects on blood pressure, the trick is figuring out which type of fat is more destructive.

"We need to find out if one kind of fat is more detrimental than the other, and how it affects brain function,” Kerwin continues. It sounds a bit far fetched, but when you consider the cause of Alzheimer's, the build up of plaques and restricted blood flow to the brain, researchers might be on to something.

But don't let all this pear-shaped memory-loss talk get you down. You're on the road to healthy change with All Day Slim, what else is there to remember?

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts with Thumbnails