Your body shape can apparently affect how good your memory is. A research group at the Northwestern University, Illinois, discovered that apple-shaped women scored better in mental dexterity tests than their pear-shaped peers.
The study involved 8 745 women aged between 65 and 79 years old. They were assigned memory tests commonly used by doctors to assess patients’ brain activity level.
Some of obesity related health problems such as blood vessel diseases and inflammations can explain why obese people are more prone to mental decline than their slimmer peers.
But experts say it is no so clear. Their studies show that some extra fat on the waist is not detrimental to brain function and can even improve brain activity.
Researchers believe that fat on your waist and belly activates estrogen levels that drop naturally with the onset of menopause. And estrogen is thought to protect out brain from ageing.
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