Teens With Metabolic Syndrome Have Smaller Hippocampuses

Here’s a not-too-surprising study: Teens with metabolic syndrome (hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, insulin resistance) were found perform worse in school than their counterparts without metabolic syndrome. Even more telling is that their hippocampuses were significantly smaller. We know from another study that in patients with untreated sleep apnea, the hippocampus can be significantly smaller. The good news is that treatment with CPAP actually caused new brain cell growth in this area, with improved cognitive performance scores, but never catching up to baseline states.

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