Insulin Resistance and Memory

Topics: Aging and Costs of Aging

A short research study earlier this year missed media attention, but is newsworthy. Scientists at NYU School of Medicine found that elderly people who were NOT overweight or diabetic but who were glucose intolerant had poorer mental performance, more memory impairment, and atrophy of the hippocampus–which is the part of the brain that assists with short-term memory.

What does this mean?

These people were resistant to insulin, and insulin resistance syndrome is a precursor to diabetes. So blood sugar stays in the blood stream longer, and fat is deposited around the waist more easily.

What can you do?

Diet is as individual as people are. But 150-300 minutes weekly of an activity you enjoy can help treat overweight and fight insulin resistance syndrome.