Too Much Sitting Thins the Brain
Harmful Effects of Being Sedentary
CLIPAREA l Custom media/Shutterstock.com
Sitting too much thins the medial temporal lobe (MTL), the part of the brain known for forming new memories, reports a study from the University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers questioned 35 people of ages 45 to 75 about how much time they spent sitting and exercising, then gave each participant a high-resolution MRI scan. Sedentary behavior was significantly linked to thinning of the MTL. Even increased levels of physical activity did not offset the harmful effects of sitting for extended periods, according to the research.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
This article appears in the December 2018 issue of Natural Awakenings.
More from Natural Awakenings
People have been conducting strikes as a method of demanding change for many years.
Cleaning the house shouldn’t be a health hazard, yet studies have linked many popular cleaning products to asthma and other respiratory ills, developmental problems in young children and breast cancer.
Canada’s Parliament recently passed legislation banning the practice of breeding and keeping whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity.
Cultivation throughout the U.S. is becoming more difficult because of unpredictable weather patterns, leading to higher prices and lowered productivity.
Vietnam is among the biggest contributors to plastic waste in the ocean, and Suntory Holdings, a giant Japanese beverage company, has joined its rivals Coca-Cola and Nestlé to encourage new recycling strategies to fend off such actions as the European Union’s move toward outlawing single-use plastic items.