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Researchers studied brain shrinkage in middle age people

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If you're coming up on a milestone birthday like 40 or 50, you're probably not going to like this. A new study identifies factors in middle age that increase the risk for memory problems later in life. They say some people's brains begin to shrink, literally.

Researchers at the University of California-Davis studied the medical records of nearly fifteen hundred older adults who were tracked for several years. They found either of these three factors, which were high blood pressure, obesity, or smoking.

These factors triggered brain shrinkage and memory loss at a faster rate than healthy adults.  

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