NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A modest contraction in the brains of obese people occurs at middle age, according to a recent large study.
The researchers based their findings on radiographs of thousands of adults in the UK, and found that people with excess amounts of fat had more structural changes in their brain than those with graceful bodies, The amount of gray matter decreased.
Gray matter contains most brain neurons, while white matter contains fibers that bind the brain parts to each other.
“These changes may increase the risk of dementia, which supports the results of previous studies that found obesity linked to an increased risk of dementia,” the authors write.
The results of the study were recently published in Radiology.
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