Sitting Is Bad for Your Brain

Too Much Sitting May Shrink the Part of Your Brain Tied to Memory

Too Much Sitting May Shrink the Part of Your Brain Tied to Memory

MTL thinning is considered to be a precursor dementia and other significant signs of cognitive decline in middle-aged and older people.

The potentially negative effect of sitting on a person's memory adds to previous research that has associated sedentary behavior to a higher risk of conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, and a greater chance of premature death, according to Live Science.

Specifically, the new study linked sedentary behavior to thinning of the medial temporal lobe, a brain region involved in the formation of new memories, the researchers said in the statement.

The researchers studied 35 people between 45 to 75 years old.

Perhaps most shocking was that, according to the researchers, "physical activity, even at high levels, is insufficient to offset the harmful effects of sitting for extended periods".

According to the researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles found that too much sitting can damage the part of your brain which can impact on loss of memory. They asked participants about their level of physical activity and the average number of hours they had sat in the previous week.

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They used scans to determine the relationship between MTL thickness, physical activity, and sitting behavior.

The researchers then invited the participants to spend between 3 and 15 hours a day in the sitting position.

And although the research study discovered no substantial connections in between exercise levels and density of the median temporal lobe, the scientists stated in the declaration that "decreasing inactive habits might be a possible target for interventions developed to enhance brain health in individuals at danger for Alzheimer's illness".

In addition, thefindings are preliminary, and although the studyfocused on hours spent sitting, it did not take into consideration whether participants took breaks during long stretches of sedentary behavior.

In the researchers conclusion, they said that sedentary behaviour (movements while sitting, or lying down) can have an effect on your cognitive memory however, they could not be entirely sure that sitting is the main lead to bad memory. They would likewise want to check out the function gender, weight and race play in the result on brain health to sitting, inning accordance with the declaration.

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