Articles tagged with "BMI"

  • Body Fat Threatens Ability to Make Good Choices

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. How does excess body fat affect the brain? Over the past several years we have been describing the various mechanisms whereby body fat increases the production of the chemical mediators of inflammation, and how inflammation is the underpinning mechanism of brain degeneration like we see in Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. But beyond considering risk of these conditions, it’s worthwhile to gain some understanding as to how excess body fat might, moment to moment, affect how the brain is functioning. In a study published in Obesity, researchers aimed to determine if there is any relationship between excess body fat and cognitive function, specifically executive function, attention, and memory. In 21 individuals, with BMIs from 19 (normal) to 37 (obese), they used sophisticated brain scans that are able to determine metabolism in various regions of Read More

  • How Belly Fat Threatens the Brain

    Body fat. Even the phrase can be scary. But for the purposes of today’s video, we need to change the way we talk about body fat. Body fat is more than a storage depot of calories for the winter. In fact, body fat is a powerful source of chemical factors that can cause inflammation in the body. When we remember that inflammation can act as a harbinger of chronic diseases, like Alzheimer’s and diabetes, it shed a light on why it is so crucially important for us to think about body fat beyond just mass and energy. In today’s video, I want to examine a study, recently published in Neurology, that looks at body fat, it’s place in the body, and what that means for the health of the brain. Source