Weight gain in middle age has long been associated with faulty memory and thinking. However, researchers have only recently found the underlying causes for these brain-related problems. What’s to blame? In two words: visceral fat—belly fat, but not the kind you can pinch; it’s the fat within the belly that bathes your internal organs.
As heralded on previous occasions, visceral fat’s health-robbing nature is explained by its tendency to release all kinds of pro-inflammatory compounds reaping havoc on the entire body. There’s now plenty of reason to believe the brain suffers from visceral fat’s antics, too.
In a recent study by the National Institute for Health, visceral belly fat was directly linked to faster brain shrinking.
Researchers sampled 733 middle-aged participants and collected various body composition measures including waist-to-hip ratio, visceral fat tissue, and volumetric brain MRI scans. They found that those with higher abdominal fat measurements had significantly decreased brain volume. Greater amounts of visceral fat had the strongest and most robust correlation of all.
The findings lend support to what researchers have warned of consistently: cognitive decline may be directly related to visceral fat accumulation.
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Reference: Debette S, Beiser A, Hoffmann U et al. Visceral fat is associated with lower brain volume in healthy middle-aged adults. Ann Neurol 2010;68:136-44.