Obesity is Associated with White Matter Changes and Cognitions among Healthy Elderly

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Midlife obesity has often been associated with accelerated cognitive decline during aging. Obesity leads to changes in multiple physiological factors that could impact neuronal tissue.

Abstract:

Midlife obesity has often been associated with accelerated cognitive decline during aging. Obesity leads to changes in multiple physiological factors that could impact neuronal tissue. Numerous studies have linked obesity and higher body mass index (BMI) with differences in cognitive functions and brain structure, including total brain volume, regional gray matter volume and white matter (WM) microstructure. However, regarding to WM, the available neuroimaging studies incorporated mainly small sample sizes that yielded less conclusive results. Thus, we investigated the association of obesity, measured using BMI and waist to hip ratio (WHR), with changes in WM microstructure, as well as variance in cognitive test scores in a large cohort of community-dwelling healthy individuals older than 60 years.

Projects: LIFE - Leipzig Research Center for Civilization Diseases

Publication type: Not specified

Journal: SFN 2016

Authors: Rui Zhang, L. Lampe, Frauke Beyer, Sebastian Huhn, S. K. Masouleh, T. Luck, S. G. Riedel-Heller, Markus Löffler, M. L. Schroeter

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