New Research Find Relationship Between Belly Fat And DementiaBelly fat does not just make you look unattractive. It can be a sign of other potential health problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other cardiovascular diseases. Recently researchers also find a link between belly fat and dementia.
Excess belly fat can potentially shrink your brain and promote higher chance of dementia.
According to Sudha Seshadri, a neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, there is a strong tie between smaller brain and deep belly fat which is also known as visceral fat. The more visceral fat that you have in your body, the smaller the brain gets. Since cognitive function is directly related to the brain volume, people with excess belly fat face higher risk of dementia.
The researchers still do not know exactly why visceral fat reduces the brain volume. However, they suspect that inflammation may be the reason. Obesity can cause inflammation in the body. Some clinical studies have shown that patients on anti-inflammatory medication have smaller age-related volume in their brain. In addition, viscereal fat can cause the body to produce hormones that shrink the brain volume.
Regular exercise and healthy diet can keep the viscereal fat in check. Cardiovascular health, blood sugar, blood pressure, and body weight are important facts to keep healthy brain as we age. Make a habit of diet and exercise regularly can tremendously reduce the dangers of visceral belly fat.