Remember your friends and relatives who are over 40 years old. You will probably find that most of them have lost their former harmony and now have problems with being overweight. Whether you like it or not, the same thing can happen to your body because there are many reasons for it. The most important of these is the sedentary image of adults, most of whom only do what they go to work. Then they relax and sit comfortably on the couch. In addition, the processes occurring in our body contribute to weight gain.
This is confirmed by the results of a study carried out by scientists from the Karolinska Institute (Sweden). The essence of their work was that they carefully monitored the condition of the body of about 100 men and women for 13 years. In particular, they examined how much the rate of accumulation and degradation of fat changes over time. They came to a very interesting conclusion: as you grow older, your body's metabolism decreases markedly, even if a person pays close attention to their diet and is as active in sports as they were in their teens.
What happens to the body in old age?
Despite the fact that fat metabolism invariably slows down overall, weight gain can be avoided. The study has shown that it is enough to eat less calories. Otherwise, the body weight of the person increases by about 20%. Therefore, we should all rely less on sweets and fats as we grow older – we do not want to have any fats and health problems.
And health problems due to overweight can occur quite well. For example, at the end of July 2019, we wrote that obesity can lead to accelerated aging of the brain. This was revealed by a study of 1,289 people whose average age was 64 years. The essence of the study was that scientists measured the weight and thickness of the cerebral cortex and did so even after 6 years. It turned out that in overweight people, the thickness decreases faster, which increases the risk for the development of Alzheimer's disease.
What can I say, being overweight can ruin your brain at all.
The authors of the study believe that the results of their work can help to develop new drugs for obesity. What they will be is still unknown, but methods of preventing obesity are constantly being developed. Take, for example, a risky experiment in the introduction of electrodes into the brain by a 183-pound girl we wrote about in one of our articles. The experiment has shown that exposing the human brain to weak discharges of electricity not only helps to reduce obesity, but also to eliminate depression.