Big Body, Small Brain: How Excess Weight Affects Brain Health

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Studies show that excess weight results in older, smaller brains.

Most everyone has a good understanding that carrying around extra weight is unhealthy. Here’s one more reason to drop excess pounds: the fear of losing your mind!

How Excess Weight Affects the Brain

The visceral fat, which is wrapped around internal organs like the liver, kidneys, pancreas, heart, and intestines, is the type of fat most devastating to our health. We know this type of fat triggers inflammatory pathways in the body and signals molecules that disrupt the body’s natural hormonal balance. Over time, this viscous cycle makes losing the bulging belly, muffin top, love handles, thunder thighs, or under-arm curtains a lifelong battle.

The number of health conditions now linked to visceral fat is high, and includes obesity, cancer, autoimmune disorders and brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. Of great concern is the effect of the production of excessive body fat, inflammation and brain degeneration.

One study’s findings were striking: The bigger a person’s belly (waist-to-hip ratio), the smaller the brain’s memory center, the hippocampus. The hippocampus plays a critical role in memory, and its function is 100% dependent on its size.

As your hippocampus shrinks, your memory declines! Researchers also found the bigger the belly (hip-to-waist ratio), the higher the risk for small strokes in the brain, also known to be associated with declining brain function.

The authors concluded that these results are consistent with a growing body of evidence that links obesity, vascular disease, and inflammation to cognitive decline and dementia. Along with this study, many others have confirmed that for every excess pound put on the body, the brain gets a little smaller.

Overweight Bodies Accelerate Brain Aging

In a joint research project between UCLA and University Pittsburgh, neuroscientists examined brain images from ninety-four people in their seventies who had participated in an earlier study of cardiovascular health and cognition. None of the participants had dementia or other cognitive impairments, and they were followed for five years.

What these researchers found was that the brains of obese/overweight people—defined by having a body mass index (BMI) above 30—looked sixteen years older than their healthy counterparts of normal weight. Those who were overweight—defined by having a body mass index between 25 and 30—looked eight years older than their leaner counterparts.

More specifically, the clinically obese people had 8 percent less brain tissue, while the overweight had 4 percent less brain tissue, compared to normal-weight individuals. Much of the tissue was lost in the frontal and temporal lobe regions of the brain, which is responsible for making decisions and storing memories, among other things.

The authors of the study rightfully pointed out that their findings could have serious implications for aging, overweight, or obese individuals, including a heightened risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

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Yours in Health,
Dr. Dan

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C. Geroldi, et al., “Insulin Resistance in Cognitive Impairment”

C.A. Raji, et al., “Brain Structure and Obesity,” Human Brain Mapping 31, no. 3 (March 2010): 353-64

Dr. Dan Yachter

Dr. Dan Yachter

His decision to attend Chiropractic School was based on watching his father receive Chiropractic Care and then heal and completely recover from lifelong crippling migraine headaches and an assortment of disabling conditions. Dr. Dan was fascinated with the fact that a person could heal naturally without the use of drugs, surgery and harmful side-effects. Dr. Yachter’s passion to serve a sick and suffering humanity has caused his practice to become one of the largest health centers in the world.

Dr. Dan Yachter is the founder of Elevation Health, Lake Mary, one of the most successful practices in the world, and has been in practice for over 12 years. Today, Dr. Dan cares for thousands of patients each year at his state-of-the-art wellness center as well conducting numerous educational workshops on the Elevation Health Core 4 wellness principles each month.

Dr. Yachter also has extensive training in pediatrics and maternity care and is certified in the Webster Technique through the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association. He is currently enrolled in and completing their 360 hour pediatric diplomate program. Dr. Yachter cares for one of the largest patient bases in the profession: over 1,500 active individuals. Most importantly, he cares for the largest (single office) practice base of children and infants in the profession. This significant clinical experience has allowed Dr. Dan to achieve a high level of clinical proficiency in a short amount of time as well as deliver a high level of competency and certainty when caring for patients, specifically the tiny ones!

Several of Dr. Yachter’s current or past community affiliations are as follows: Seminole County Chamber of Commerce, Lake Mary Chamber of Commerce, Public Speaker and Corporate Health Educator for the Employee Awareness Association, AAA ergonomic consultant (Lake Mary), Community outreach and spinal screening consulting at local Sam’s, Wal-marts, Costco, Target, L.A. Fitness, YMCA, & Florida PTA. For the past 8 years, Dr. Yachter can also be heard daily on his program Health Living on the 950 am WTLN radio.

Dr. Yachter is known be his peers as the ‘chiropractor’s chiropractor’ having mentored, lead or consulted over 1,500 chiropractors over the last decade. Dr. Yachter is a frequent college lecturer and has spoken at Life Chiropractic College West (San Francisco), Parker Chiropractic (Dallas), and The New Zealand School of Chiropractic.

Dr. Dan is also the author of the book, “Doctor of The Future” and a world renowned Chiropractic wellness expert and speaker.

He is co-founder of Elevation Health. The vision of this company is to “Ignite the healthcare revolution, one family at a time.” This company is building principled chiropractic offices internationally as well as helping chiropractors lead and teach the families of their communities wellness lifestyle strategies. The company was founded by 5 chiropractors with a passion to spread God’s laws of life, health, and healing throughout the planet, thereby freeing families to live life without fear; empowering and equipping them to live high potential lives.

Patients describe Dr. Dan as a wellness expert/enthusiast with enormous vision, unbridled passion and a contagious obsession for spreading chiropractic principles and the message of healthy living locally and globally.

He grew up in South Florida, earned his bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences at the University of Florida in 1993 and his doctor of chiropractic at Life University in 1997.

Away from caring for the wonderful families of Seminole County, Dr. Dan likes to spend time with his wife Mindy and their new baby girl, Juliet.

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