Research reveals that obesity can impact stroke recovery

According to research, obese people are more likely to experience impaired brain function, which can affect brain injury or stroke recovery.

In the analysis, 30 people, aged 18 to 60, participated. One half was of a healthy weight, and the other was considered clinically obese.

Researchers from the University of South Africa and Deakin University in Australia discovered that being overweight can have an impact on a person’s memory and ability to learn new tasks.

To see how each participant’s brain reacted, they were subject to a sequence of electrical stimulation pulses to record significant neural activity.

The participants with a healthier weight showed a normal brain response, while the participants who were clinically obese showed an impaired reaction.

Each year, 15 million people in the world suffer from a stroke. Therefore, discovering how the brain functions and uncovering new pathways is essential to help people with recovery from strokes.

The study’s findings are published in the Brain Sciences Journal and indicate that maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for brain injury or stroke recovery.

Dr Brenton Hordacre, the lead researcher from the University of South Africa, says that “Obesity is already associated with a raft of adverse health effects, including a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders and dementia.

“For the first time, we found that obesity was associated with impaired brain function, adding further support for the need to address the obesity epidemic.”

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