Journal Of Neuroscience

Obesity Can Lead To Decrease In Cognitive Ability

Obesity is a side effect of wrongful eating habits. Being obese has many negative effects on it including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes or other more complications in extreme cases. It is important to control your diet and your workout plan in order to handle your weight effectively. In modern times, it gets easier to gain weight due to the high exposure to unhealthy food. Imagine if there are other side effects from being obese that we are not aware of.

A recent study conducted by a team of scientists from the Medical College of Georgia was able to find a connection between obesity and problems in the brain, in terms of cognitive behaviors. The study shows results which proves that being obese will break the blood-brain barrier which can, on a long term, affect the memory and learning abilities.

The study shows a certain receptor in the brain called Adora2a which is located on the endothelial cells in the brain. This allows certain substances to enter the brain and start affecting the neurons to lower the cognitive behaviors.

The intake of Adora2a can be through unhealthy diets which is seen in the food taken in by obese people. The study removed the substance from the diets and was able to observe a decrease in the destruction of the barrier.

The study was led by a neuroscientist in the MCG Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at Augusta University called Dr. Alexis M. Stranahan, who posted the results in the Journal Of Neuroscience.