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Brains of overweight people ‘ten years older’ than lean counterparts at middle-age
From middle-age, the brains of obese individuals display differences in white matter similar to those in lean individuals ten years their senior, according to new research led by the University of Cambridge. White matter is the tissue that connects areas of the brain and allows for information to be communicated between regions.
Our brains naturally shrink with age, but scientists are increasingly recognising that obesity – already linked to conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease – may also affect the onset and progression of brain ageing; however, direct studies to support this link are lacking.
Comparison of grey matter (brown) and white matter (yellow) in sex-matched subjects A (56 years, BMI 19.5) and B (50 years, BMI 43.4). Credit: Lisa Ronan
The team then calculated how white matter volume related to age across the two groups. They discovered that an overweight person at, say, 50 years old had a comparable white matter volume to a lean person aged 60 years, implying a difference in brain age of 10 years.
· Brains of overweight people look ten years older than those of lean peers - The Guardian
· Obese people's brains age more rapidly, University of Cambridge research finds - Daily Mail
· Your brain 'could be aged by a DECADE' if you are middle age and obese – Daily Express
· Being overweight makes brain '10 years older' than if you are slim – Daily Telegraph
· Being overweight ages the brain by a decade - The Times
· Middle-aged obesity linked to brain ageing more quickly - Scotsman
· THICK HEADS: Scientists discover fat people's brains age ten years faster than thin people’s - The Sun
· Obese people's brains 'age at a quicker rate those those of slim people’s – Daily Mirror
· Being overweight 'ages people's brains' – BBC News
· Obese people's brains 'age faster', Cambridge research finds - ITV News
· Obesity may affect brain aging: study - Xinhua
· Overweight Side Effects Consist Of Aging Brain 10 Years, Study Says - International Business Times
· Being obese at middle-age can make your brain ten years older - Hindustan Times
· Being fat in middle age may shrink your brain's white matter - New Scientist
· Brain aging accelerated by 10 years with midlife overweight, obesity - Medical News Today
· Your Brain On Obesity: Overweight People Are '10 Years Older' - American Council on Science and Health· Obesity associated with increased brain-age from mid-life - ScienceBlog.com
Posted on 05/08/2016
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