Brains, bellies and big bums

  • July 22, 2010 | Amy

    Forgotten something? Well now women have a new excuse for forgetfulness – blame it on your hips…

    If you do want to keep your marbles as you age, it’s best to stick to a healthy weight. But if you do pile on the pounds, better to have a bulging belly than a big bum – at least as far as memory is concerned.

    US researchers have found that ‘pear-shaped’ women over 65 have slightly worse memories than their ‘apple-shaped’ counterparts. Apparently belly fat produces more of the hormone oestrogen, which may help to keep the brain ticking over nicely.

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