Study Finds Big Hips ‘Impair’ Women’s Memory

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Body Shape Can Indicate Quality Of Memory Function

A woman’s body shape may influence how good her memory is, according to US researchers. Although carrying excess weight anywhere appears to impair older women’s brains, carrying it on the hips may make matters worse, they say. The Northwestern Medicine team found “apple-shaped” women fared better than “pears” on cognitive tests. But depositing fat around the waist increases the risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, experts warn. They said the findings, in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, highlighted the importance of maintaining a healthy weight for both body and mind.

Some of the health risks associated with obesity, such as vascular disease and inflammation, may explain why people who are overweight appear to be at higher risk of dementia…

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