Obesity Triggers Same Symptoms As Alzheimers Disease, Brain Maps Show

  • When we think about obesity, the longterm harms to heart health are often the first consequences that come to mind. Doctors now warn that excess weight can also take a dangerous toll on the brain. According to a new study, obesity can trigger symptoms we typically see in Alzheimer’s disease patients.
  • Both obesity and Alzheimer’s were found to thin gray matter in the same ways – in the right temporo-parietal cortex and left prefrontal cortex of the brain.
  • As a result, scientists claim losing weight could slow cognitive decline and lower the risk of dementia. Researchers from Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital at McGill University suggest that obesity and Alzheimer’s (AD) may cause the same type of neurodegeneration.
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