Sitting is bad for the brain
Too much sitting is linked to thinning of a brain area (medial temporal lobe), where new memories are formed.
- The research has been conducted by UCLA researchers and is of middle aged and older adults.
- Physical activity is unlikely to reverse the harmful effects of extended sedentary lifestyle.
- The effect is relational and not causal. It has not been proved that a sedentary lifestyle leads to thinning of brain areas, however more hours spent sitting is linked to thinning of brain areas.
- Further research is planned to decide whether more hours spent sitting causes thinning of certain brain regions.
- According to the researchers, a thinning of the MTL is a predeccesor of dementia and cognitive decline in middle age adults and older.