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Can obesity lead to cognitive decline?

If you are older and have what’s called metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors that can include: large waist with excess belly fat, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, low levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and high blood sugar, then you may be more likely to suffer from cognitive decline. Just having 3 of the mentioned risk factors qualifies you for a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome.
Knowing that you are at risk of cognitive decline is:
• Just another reason to lose excess weight, especially when it’s located in your abdomen.
• Just another reason to manage your weight if you have high blood sugar levels or insulin resistance.
• Just another reason to manage elevated cholesterol, particularly your elevated LDL component.
• Just another reason to try to elevate your HDL, or good cholesterol.
• Just another reason to reduce sodium in your diet and manage elevated blood pressure.
 

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