Tuesday, October 26, 2010

So now fat people are more stoopid?

Here is an interesting one.  I've watched a couple of important people in my life decline markedly through various types of dementia recently.  It is really sad to see once vibrant intelligent people so limited by changes in their brains.

Insulin Sensitivity as a Mediator of the Relationship Between BMI and Working Memory-Related Brain Activation

This study has a simple conclusions:  obesity in middle age was related to alterations in brain activation during a cognitive challenge and this association appeared to be mediated by insulin sensitivity.

Insulin sensitivity again.  What can we do to maintain insulin sensitivity?  It is all the regular stuff - low carb/paleo diet, sensible exercise, adequate sleep, minimal chronic stress.....

5 comments:

Dan said...

I think those are the four pillars of a healthy life. So basic. I don't like how people get so caught up in the specifics and I like the way you jut said low carb/paleo diet, sensible exercise, adequate sleep and minimal stress.

Steven Rice Fitness said...

There has been other research linking poor diet and obesity to declined cognitive function. Also linking exercise with improved cognitive function.

I think we've pretty much established that exercise and eating well are good for mind as well as body.

Brian said...

I think it's very common sense that an unhealthy way of living will deteriorate both mind and body in due time.

Mark said...

Here's a link to another recent article - http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B9BNH-4W3Y780-1K&_user=10&_origUdi=B6WFG-4JD0H89-1&_fmt=high&_coverDate=06%2F10%2F2009&_rdoc=1&_orig=article&_origin=article&_zone=related_ref&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=e8cf3756b9ada3749f34b4eb01a61611 The abstract alone is stunningly blunt.

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