More Weight = Less Brains.

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While I was researching Body Mass Index, I came across a paper that looked at a total of four different factors, which I briefly mention below, all are associated with brain shrinkage in one way or another, however, one of which, that of having a high BMI, which can shrink your brain, and cause dementia which is my field of focus for this article…

The Framingham Offspring Cohort Study Group.

The four factors that were associated with faster declines in brain volume were:
* Overweight or obese,
* High blood pressure.
* Diabetes
* Cigarette smoking

This study included 1,352 adults who shared a common age, that of 54 and also did not suffer from dementia at the beginning of the study, and all were participants of the Framingham Offspring Cohort Study (this group comprised the offspring of the participants of the original Framingham Heart Study group..

To start with, researchers had administered a battery of tests, including measures for obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, which had started seven years later, they measured the study groups’ brain size using MRI scans and also gave participants cognitive tests to gauge executive function, planning and organizational skills.

What The Body Mass Index Is.

Allow me to fill you in on a little A little background information first… BMI is an indirect way with which to calculate your total body fat based on your present height and weight. While it’s not a perfect measure, and can be especially inaccurate for athletes and older people who are frail, but, for most others, BMI may indicate whether your weight can be termed, healthy or possibly putting you at risk for disease.

* Naturally, you need to discuss this with a doctor before making any assumptions about your BMI and your weight.

I have already mentioned about the link between dementia and weight. One of several studies I researched, states that simply having a big stomach, in mid-life actually increases your risk of disease and possibly even death in later years… whether you’re overweight or not.
Scientists aren’t even sure why this is the case, but having a big belly is already linked to a risk of diabetes, stroke and heart disease. So perhaps these diseases are the precursor of brain shrinkage and dementia associated with a high BMI. No one really knows for certain yet.

What Scientists Did Find, Was Most Surprising.

A higher BMI for both women and men was definitely linked to lower brain volumes, particularly in older and middle-aged adults. Therefore, the following conclusion may be made, namely that having a higher BMI, causes brain shrinkage. However, researchers have found that the link between abdominal fat and brain size is definitely strongest, thus, the more belly fat, the smaller the brain. This brain-belly fat link, held, no matter what a person’s BMI was.

It appears also, that belly fat is a stronger sign of dementia than that of BMI. (Previous studies have shown that people with smaller brains also have a higher risk of dementia.) If you would like to track your BMI, take a look at it HERE

SOURCE: http://healthland.time.com/2011/08/03/study-4-factors-that-may-shrink-your-brain/

http://health.newsplurk.com/2011/08/study-4-factors-that-may-shrink-your.html

: http://healthland.time.com/2011/08/03/study-4-factors-that-may-shrink-your-brain/#ixzz1oLQitzR7

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Bmi, Brain Shrink, Brain Shrinkage, Framingham Offspring Cohort Study, Obese, Overweight, Shrink Brain

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"Freedom of the mind is the truest form…a cognizant act to enfold the unexplored."
Quote by: Andre G Hartslief


I writes motivational articles and coach people to be all that they can be

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author avatar ittech
7th Mar 2012 (#)

well mentioned thanks


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author avatar Tranquilpen
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you ITech for reading this article.

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author avatar richellet
7th Mar 2012 (#)

I can't load the link to track my BMI but will try it later. Thank you so much for writing this tranquilpen, everyone must really track their body this time not just for physical but for metal healthy as well.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
7th Mar 2012 (#)

I don't know if there is a software tool to check their metal health, probably some kind of Geiger counter I would presume. Thank you for reading.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Agree on that one. When I was overweight I found I had no memory and today i am a 51 kg from a 72 Kg and a perfect 8 a US/UK Size 10 and sharp as ever.
I stay off fatty food and reserve that as a treat. Salads are my way of life everyday as I need to be agile and nimble to dance.
Eat just one meal but lots of fibre and fruits and fluids to remain the way I am.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
7th Mar 2012 (#)

That certainly sounds like you are enjoying your good health, good for you Aiyanna.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
7th Mar 2012 (#)

My BMI is 18.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Added to Google and Facebook.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Hello Mark, thank you for the star and for posting it on Facebook I consider it an honor.

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author avatar Avery
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Nice... Really nice! and informative

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author avatar Tranquilpen
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Nice...Really nice of you to say so, thank you very much:-))

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author avatar Jerry Walch
7th Mar 2012 (#)

A very interesting and informative article, Tranquilpen. I vaguely remember hearing something about both of those studies, but I never read either of them.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Hello Jerry I so appreciate you dropping on my page, thank you for reading. the Framingham Heart Study group, the parents of this model group were actually originally monitored in 2009 I think.

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author avatar Buzz
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Great information, my friend. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Hello Buzz, thank you for dropping by, glad you found it informative my friend,

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Fantastic and such interesting information...thank you for writing this...we need to know such things...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Hello dear CNWriter, thank you for your enthusiastic appreciation.

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author avatar Jules, The Cowboy
7th Mar 2012 (#)

oh no, just checked mine and it shows I'm overweight..

thanks for this article my friend

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author avatar Tranquilpen
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Ooh! you better watch out for shrink-brain my friend, I miss the cowboy hat photo. Thank you for reading my friend.

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author avatar Denise O
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Hmmm, interesting piece. Thank you for sharing. Congrats on the star psge.:)

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author avatar Denise O
7th Mar 2012 (#)

page^

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author avatar Tranquilpen
7th Mar 2012 (#)

Hello Denise, thank you for reading dear friend, hope alls well over yonder?

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author avatar Funom Makama
8th Mar 2012 (#)

so sooooo soooooooooo true!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Hello Funom, off course it is my friend.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
8th Mar 2012 (#)


great information love and congrats on another star page...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Hello dear friend, thank you for your encouraging comments and for reading my pages :-))X

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Well done, Andre. Congratulations.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Ivy, thanks also for reading:-))

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Interesting, ain't it arbitrary to establish correlation between weight and brain! Anything can happen in this world, research discovers many new items to chew!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Absolutely Rez, we are living in an information over supply and battle to keep up, still I'm not complaining, as I just love hearing about strange and amusing facts. Like what I have just heard why my PC has gone to ultra slow mode last night, and today about an hour ago it switched off and re-started all by itself. Then when I was listening to the news, a few minutes ago, a scientist was just busy explaining that a major solar explosion occurred on the surface of the sun yesterday and that it is causing havoc on South Africa's electronics like Internet, TV and radio equipment. It should start wearing off in the next few hours, as it moves eastwards.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
8th Mar 2012 (#)

As we lose the weight, will our brains expand?

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author avatar Tranquilpen
12th Mar 2012 (#)

Not sure yet Ivy, but rather be on the safe side and do it gradually at first:-)) hahahah!

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author avatar D in The Darling
9th Mar 2012 (#)

Just a perfect read before lunch.
I believe this is the best article I've read on this subject so far.

Who's this great writer? Who else could it be but The Tranquilpen!

Thanks for sharing this one. You're amazing!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
9th Mar 2012 (#)

Very interesting, thanks Tranquilpen...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
12th Mar 2012 (#)

Hello Delicia, I'm so pleased that you enjoyed it. Thank you for reading.

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author avatar rama devi nina
9th Mar 2012 (#)

Interesting, informative, helpful and relevant. great star page Tranquil. Bravo.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
12th Mar 2012 (#)

You know RDN, it's not only the contents of your comments but your style that makes you special to me. Thank you:-))

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author avatar johnbee
10th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks for the info. Now I know why the doc told me "lose weight and get a little smarter. What you're doing is hard on your brain. I always knew I had one though.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
12th Mar 2012 (#)

Hello Johnbee, this brought a chuckle, not too sure I have one sometimes. Thank you for reading.

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author avatar Songbird B
11th Mar 2012 (#)

Another informative and insightful Star Page Andre' my friend..Just love the way you publish such fascinating articles.. What a Star you are...\0/x

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author avatar Tranquilpen
12th Mar 2012 (#)

Hi Bev, coming from the North star herself, I humbly accept. Thank you:-)) X

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author avatar Retired
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Thought- and research-provoking. Good stuff!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Hello 12 string PC Thank you for reading this article my friend, Thank you also for your very positive comments.

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