Called unexpected danger of a sedentary lifestyle

A sedentary lifestyle can affect human memory in middle and old age. To such conclusion scientists from University of California, Los Angeles. According to them, the lack of movement leads to a “thinning” of the respective areas of the brain.


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Experts conducted a survey among 35 volunteers aged 45 to 75 years and found out how much time they spend in a seated position. Later it turned out that the people leading a sedentary lifestyle, were thinning of the medial part of the temporal lobe of the cerebral cortex of the brain — in particular, the base of the hippocampus, entorhinal cortex and parahippocampal bark. These divisions, as explained by experts, play an important role in the formation of memories.

Scientific work was published in the journal PLOS One.

Usually study on the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle, first and foremost dedicated to his influence the weight of people and the duration of his life. Two years ago in the scientific journal American Journal of Preventive Medicine published an article whose authors have declared the lack of movement the reason for 3.8 percent of deaths every year and urged people to not sit more than three hours a day. To similar conclusions subsequently reached by researchers representing the University of California, San Diego- in their opinion, a sedentary life shortens life by eight years. Scientists from the University of Sydney and University of southern Denmark, said that an active life not only helps to get rid of excess weight, but also reduce the likelihood of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

A few distracting from the overall picture the survey conducted last January by experts from University College London and Exeter University. They for 16 years, conducted a study which showed that a sedentary lifestyle can pose a threat to health is not so much itself, but in combination with insufficient physical exercise. By the way, the authors of the new study note that even exercise will not compensate for the harm that in General, a sedentary lifestyle brings memory.

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