Articles tagged with "Prefrontal Cortex"

  • 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