Eye on health: could the size of your stomach be related to your brain size?


(WIAT) — The effect of alcohol on the heart and the how the size of your belly relates to the size of your brain:  those stories in this morning’s eye on health.

Belly size linked to brain size? 
An English study of 10,000 older adults suggests the bigger your belly, the smaller your brain.  Researchers measured each participant’s body mass index and then using an MRI determined people with a higher body mass index had less grey matter in their brains.

Alcohol affects the heart–
Moderate alcohol drinkers are at higher risk of irregular heart rhythm than non-drinkers and light drinkers.

 Australian researchers analyzed seven studies that looked at 875,000 people. They found people who drank an average of 14 glasses of alcohol a week showed more damage associated with atrial fibrillation, or “a-fib,” than those who drank less or not at all .

Hormone replacement for women

 A British analysis of 2,000 patient records finds women who take hormone replacement therapy tablets are twice as likely to develop life threatening blood clots than those who use gels, patches or creams. 

Hormone replacement therapy helps relieve symptoms of night sweats and hot flashes for women going through menopause, but there are side effects. Talk to your doctor.

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