Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Obesity May Reduce Brain Gray Matter In Postmenopausal Women

“Results from a small study of postmenopausal women suggest that obesity might relate to a reduced volume of gray matter in the brain. However, whether the results have relevance in a woman's day-to-day life is unclear. ‘A subset of women from the Pittsburgh Healthy Women Study (HWS) who had been followed for an average of 15 years was invited to participate in brain imaging studies,’ said lead author Isabella Soreca, M.D., an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh. ‘We found that those who had gained the most weight had lower gray matter volume.’ The study appears online in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine.”


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