Sunday, September 14, 2008

VEGETARIANS FACE BRAIN SHRINKAGE

Times of India - Scientists have discovered that going veggie could be bad for your brain-with those on a meat-free diet six times more likely to suffer brain shrinkage.

Vegans and vegetarians are the most likely to be deficient because the best sources of the vitamin are meat, particularly liver, milk and fish. Vitamin B12 deficiency can also cause anaemia and inflammation of the nervous system. Yeast extracts are one of the few vegetarian foods which provide good levels of the vitamin.

The link was discovered by Oxford University scientists who used memory tests, physical checks and brain scans to examine 107 people between the ages of 61 and 87.

When the volunteers were retested five years later the medics found those with the lowest levels of vitamin B12 were also the most likely to have brain shrinkage. It confirms earlier research showing a link between brain atrophy and low levels of B12.

Brain scans of more than 1,800 people found that people who downed 14 drinks or more a week had 1.6% more brain shrinkage than teetotallers. Women in their seventies were the most at risk.

Beer does less damage than wine according to a study in Alcohol and Alcoholism.

And being overweight or obese is linked to brain loss, Swedish researchers discovered. Scans of around 300 women found that those with brain shrink had an average body mass index of 27 And for every one point increase in their BMI the loss rose by 13 to 16%.

6 Comments:

At September 15, 2008 7:18 AM, Blogger Lars said...

First, does this so-called shrinkage lead to any loss of function? If not, who cares?

Second, vegetarians eat eggs and dairy, so I guess it would be strictly a vegan problem.

 
At September 16, 2008 7:35 AM, Blogger Kevin Pierce said...

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

NEWSWIRE--Vegetarians could be six times more at risk of brain-shrinking diseases, compared to meat-eaters.

Ponder please, before your next new diet starts,
All the vegetables we link to body parts:
Both the cabbage and the lettuce are a head,
And the Adam's apple blushes shades of red.
Though the orange has a Navel in its name,
Ears of corn and cauliflower aren't the same.
Folks in Idaho will bake potato skin;
From the palm we get to eat the hearts within.

All these ties will help a veggie diet shrink
Both the inches of your waist
And where you think.

www.newsandverse.com
Light verse, ripped from the headlines

 
At September 16, 2008 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay that poem is just stupid!
Vegetarianism is more than just a diet.. actually it is a lifestyle choice people make for ethical, religious and environmental reasons, and it's not just a new-age fad.

The meat we consume here in North America has a lot of cholesterol and steroids in it, and carries with it a significant carbon footprint, and we don't need to eat as much meat as many believe. There are tons of other sources of protein and vitamins within a vegetarian and even vegan diet, with vitamin B12 and iron being the only real exceptions and these vitamin supplements are readily available.

So I hope this research does not discourage vegetarianism and veganism, (which is all-in-all a healthier dietary and environmental choice!) but that it simply increases awareness about our nutritional requirements.

 
At September 17, 2008 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW....That explains a lot...

 
At September 17, 2008 9:49 PM, Blogger jessisthebest said...

Sarcasm is cheap.

 
At September 18, 2008 8:57 PM, Anonymous chini said...

that poem was dumb. (maybe their brain was already extra small)
people RAW ORGANIC MILK! Nonviolent, and totally full of the elements missing in a purely vegan diet. Otherwise, there's plenty of supplementation. They pinpointed it for anyone to see- B-12, so no problem, if you think you don't get enough from the regular eating of a vegetarian diet, then simply supplement. These days, I'd think Meat eaters should also supplement their diets with vitamins and minerals because most of the foods are very denatured.

 

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