New research finds dementia may be linked to metabolic syndrome. If being a couch potato had a clinical diagnosis it would be called metabolic syndrome. Unfortunately for couch potatoes, your belly may have more to do with your brain than you think. Indeed, your brain functioning may be directly impacted by your waist size. The same study found a small waistline may actually help protect against Alzheimer’s.
According to the study involving more than 7,000 elderly people, “metabolic syndrome amplified the threat of vascular dementia specifically, whereas it had no effect on Alzheimer’s disease or on general dementia during the four years of observation.”
Why the link? Metabolic syndrome causes vascular problems. There is evidence that age-related memory problems may be the result of inefficient blood flow. In particular, vascular dementia is a type of dementia that is caused by reduced blood flow to the brain.
Metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms associated with:
- Blood pressure greater than 130/80
- Waist circumference greater than 40 inches in men or 35 inches in women
- Triglycerides greater than 150
- HDL Cholesterol lower than 40 in men or 50 in women
- Fasting blood glucose greater than 110
Don’t be a couch potato, instead time to put on your shoes and start walking. Indeed, other research has suggests that physical exercise helps prevent dementia.