Study Shows Too Much Sitting Affects the Brain

William D. Jones, MD, lives in Oklahoma City, OK, where he works as an occupational and preventive medicine practitioner in his own private office. With nearly 25 years of experience caring for patients, William D. Jones, MD, ensures quality preventive care for those residing in and around Oklahoma City, OK.

Occupational and preventive health physicians often recommend steering away from a sedentary lifestyle, especially for employees who sit at their desks for hours. In fact, a recent study shows that prolonged sitting is dangerous not only for the body but also for the brain.

The peer-reviewed report arrived at the conclusion by examining its subjects’ MRI brain scans. The researchers found a reduced thickness in the medial temporal lobe, the part of the brain responsible for memory and perception. It has also been found that too much sitting increases the risk of impaired episodic memory.

Thankfully, the researchers said that the brain-related effects of sitting can be remedied through exercise. As little as fourteen days of moderate to vigorous activity is said to restore some of the thickness lost of that critical part of the brain.

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Occupational and preventive medicine physician William D. Jones, MD, has practiced from a private office in Oklahoma City, OK.