The problem of obesity is widespread in the world today. According to the statistics, it has almost now become a global pandemic. Health professionals are becoming more and more concerned about this issue. Extra weight leads to many health conditions as said by previous research.
For starters, people who have higher than needed weight on their bodies increases the risk of the follows: high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and many others.
Furthermore, these issues can cause even more harmful health problems. All of these play a role in the development of heart disease and diabetes. Both of these are among the leading causes of death around the globe.
Therefore, there is an increase in research on the matter. Researchers are looking for ways to control the pandemic. This is why there are now a number of ways offered to shed off extra weight for anyone.
However, the research itself can also potentially help and prevent obesity in the first place. Awareness about connected health issues may urge people to take measures seriously.
In a similar attempt, a new study looks at how obesity or higher body weight may cause brain issues. More specifically, it shows how extra weight, particularly around the waist, can fasten brain aging. So, overweight people may have more issues with brain function later in life comparatively.
The findings of the study appear in the journal Neurology. The team of researchers who conducted the research were from the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.
What Was the Research Method?
Previous research shows obesity and high body weight affects the lifestyle quality greatly. In addition to that, more studies now also highlight its long-term impact. The new study, for this purpose, looked at around 1,289 participants.
The majority of these participants were over the age of sixty. Secondly, two-third came had a Hispanic origin. After the recruitment, the researchers looked at their BMI and waist circumference.
After doing so, they found that a total of 346 participants had a body mass index of 25 and under. This shows a healthy body weight and BMI.
Another 571 of the participants had a BMI range of 25-30. According to guidelines from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, this refers to being overweight. Around 372 were also obese, with a BMI of over 30.
In healthy participants, fifty-four percent were women who had a waist of 33 inches. In the overweight, fifty-six prevent women with a waist of 36 inches. Seventy-three percent of the obese people were women with a 41 inches waist.
After the period of observation, the participants underwent MRI scans. According to the researchers, this was to check their total brain volume and cortical thickness.
What Was the Result?
After checking, the researchers stated that participants with higher BMI led to a reduction in grey matter in the brain. This is signals to obesity affecting the thickness of the cortex.
These results were the same even when researchers checked for other factors. This includes blood pressure, smoking habits, diet, and alcohol intake.
These findings show the need for fighting obesity. Further research may also show more connections with brain health and having extra weight.