Brain Shrinkage Linked to Smoking, Obesity, Diabetes

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-08-04 12:33:47 -0500
Started 2011-08-03 13:34:55 -0500

People who smoke, are overweight, and have other health problems in middle age may be at increased risk of developing signs of brain shrinkage and diminished planning and organization skills as they age, new research indicates.

Other health problems linked to brain shrinkage and mental decline include high blood pressure and diabetes.

“Our findings provide evidence that identifying these risk factors early in people of middle age could be useful in screening people for at-risk dementia and encouraging people to make changes to their lifestyle before it’s too late,” Charles DeCarli, MD, of the University of California-Davis in Sacramento, says in a news release.

(As if we don't have enough other things to worry about!)


6 replies

JDCA2025 2011-08-03 15:43:06 -0500 Report

While this certainly seems interesting, and is quite a sobering portrait of some of the problems with diabetes we're still unaware of, I think there's quite a bit of information missing to make this helpful.

For instance, did the diabetics studied have good sugar control? Were they also overweight? What type did they have? These things would seem to have an effect on the overall study, so it's unfortunate that they are glossed over.

MAYS 2011-08-04 09:43:28 -0500 Report

These are great points that you have brought up.
I will see what I can uncover concerning this.

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