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Obesity in Middle Age Tied to More Rapid Mental Decline

According to a new study, people who are obese and suffer from high blood pressure and other problems linked to heart disease and diabetes may also see a faster decline in their mental abilities. Yet even obese people without these physical conditions experienced a faster decline in functions such as memory, the researchers noted. People with metabolic syndrome who were also obese saw a more rapid decline (22.5% faster) in their mental function than those who weren’t obese and didn’t suffer from the syndrome. Neurology, Aug. 21, 2012