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Obesity Accelerates Brain Aging

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  • Obesity has been linked to accelerated loss of white brain matter — brain tissue that allows for communication between the different parts of your brain
  • Overweight 50-year-olds had comparable white matter volume to that of slim 60-year-olds, suggesting excess weight can age your brain by about 10 years once you pass middle-age
  • Simple lifestyle strategies can help optimize your brain health AND help you lose weight. This includes exercise, calorie restriction or intermittent fasting, reducing net carbs and increasing healthy fats

By Dr. Mercola

It's become a well-known fact that excess sugar harms your health by setting up the conditions for obesity and diabetes. Research has also shown a steady diet high in high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) can significantly impair your cognitive abilities by producing a decline in synaptic activity.


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