Wanna be or stay smart? Work to reduce that big belly

Soda belly

Especially in men, metabolic syndrome appears to be associated with reduced cognitive function in middle aged folks.  The people with metabolic syndrome were more likely to have low-moderate levels of physical activity, much more likely to have abdominal obesity (beer belly, or what some have called “soda belly“), high trigylcerides, low “good: cholesterol (HDL), high fasting blood sugar, and high blood pressure (> 130/85).

In a new study, MRI exams showed normal brain structure, despite cognitive impairment.  The impaired cognitions seems to be related to the state of inflammation.  Obesity is an inflammatory disease; fat cells produce chemicals which may actually poison or impair parts of the brain.

After having lost weight, I feel “sharper.”  My good cholesterol has gone up (exercise can do this), my blood pressure has gone down (I no longer take medication for it), and my waist has shrunk.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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