People with wider waistlines had lower scores on memory, thinking, and concentration tests than those with trimmer middles in a recent study of 5,186 Irish men and women 60 and older. But the study, which compared people’s waist-to-hip measurements to determine their belly size, found that carrying extra pounds in places other than the waist showed no association with cognitive issues. The possible connection?
Researchers say that more belly fat could create brain trouble by boosting levels of inflammatory compounds in the bloodstream. According to the National Institutes of Health, a healthy waist size is 35 inches or less for women , 40 inches or less for men.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health November 2018 British Journal of Nutrition, July 30, 2018
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