We al know that extra weight affects our health in many ways. But recent studies show that even the brain size has to suffer from those extra pounds.
According to new studies there is a clear link among a number of diseases including hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and all the more cancer and obesity. According to new evidence Body Mass Index (BMI), which is high, is related to brain changes which affect the cognitive function and the memory. The new evidence emphasizes the need to control obesity.
What is Body Mass Index?
BMI is defined as an assessment which uses the weight of a person in kilograms, and then divided up by the person’s height in squares in meters. This calculation does not show the body fat, but it indicates the quantity of an individual’s fat thickness, which is related to various medical problems and metabolic diseases. MBI alerts doctors of the probability that excess weight can lead to a number of health issues. MBI is not an indicator of bad health itself, but it presents an environment in which medical problems might happen and it is a signal for doctors to give information and advice and help the patients to reduce the risk of a possible disease.
Body Systems and BMI
The body is burdened even more by the surplus weight which is showed by high body mass index. In order to pump blood throughout the body, the walls of the blood vessels have to work harder. Furthermore, the kidneys and the liver have to remove additional toxins out of the body. These problems can cause a number of cardiovascular issues like hypertension, metabolic disruptions like an insulin resistance which can cause diabetes (Type 2). In order to assess the risk of an individual of developing the above mentioned diseases, doctors use family history and the numbers of body mass index.
The Effect that high BMI Has on Your Brain
According to recent studies high BMI can increase the risk of stroke, heart disease and high glucose levels in the blood. It is also related to problems associated with the function of the brain.
On both psychoneurological and MRI testing, it was found out that those individuals who had a high body mass index had a reduction of the brain’s grey matter and also a decrease in the length of neuronal fiber bundle. These reductions are associated with increased risk of dementia and memory loss in the future.
How to Lower the BMI
You need to lose weight in order to lower the BMI measurement. You can do this if you alter your eating habits and make certain changes that will make the process of losing weight possible while maintaining an excellent nutrition.
Tips for naturally losing weight:
- Consume more fruits and veggies.
- Stay away from processed foods.
- Lower your red meat consumption and consume eggs, nuts, beans, fish and white meats instead.
- Consume dairy products which are low-fat.
- Lower the consumption of trans fats and saturated fats. Lower the sugar and salt consumption as well.
- Consume smaller portions.
- Start doing exercise like gym workouts, tennis, and dancing, bicycling, running, walking and similar activities.
By reducing your BMI you are doing everything you can to boost good health and avoid the risk of cognitive decline and medical problems.