Metabolic syndrome may mean smaller brain in teens

September 3, 2012 10:16:17 AM PDT
Growing waistlines may be associated with shrinking brains in teenagers.

A study was done on teens with metabolic syndrome, a combination of obesity, pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and low levels of good cholesterol.

Findings show these teens scored lower on math and spelling tests and had shorter attention spans than their metabolically healthier classmates.

These teens also had smaller brain areas involved in learning and memory according to brain injury.

This study appears in the journal Pediatrics.