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Study: Belly fat may cause Alzheimer's, dementia

(Huffington Post) That treat you just indulged in won’t just go from your lips to your hips — it might just go straight to your head. Middle-aged people with high abdominal fat are 3.6 times as likely to suffer from memory loss and dementia later on in life, researchers have discovered.

The protein responsible for metabolizing fat in the liver is the same protein found in the part of the brain that controls memory and learning, researchers at Rush University Medical Center found. People with higher abdominal fat actually have depleted this fat metabolizing protein.