Today in Research: The Right Age to Get Fat; an End to Alzheimer's?

Discovered: The right age to get fat, a possible sugary cure for Alzheimer's, coffee will not kill us, and there's a decent chance the sun will explode.

  • The right age to get fat. Oh man, we cannot wait to turn 85. Not just because we're excited to play shuffleboard and migrate to Boca, or whatever old people of the future will do, but because that's also the age when having extra fat protects rather than kills us, according to a new scientific study. Before that age, obesity shaves six to seven years off of one's life. But after, according to research out of Tel Aviv University, obese 85 year olds had a lower mortality risk than both underweight and normal-weight peers. So, take note, friends: For our 85th birthdays we would like some gift cards to McDonald's. [Tel Aviv University]
  • A possible sugary cure for Alzheimer's. This would work out really well with our plans to get fat late in life if it works like it sounds. Researchers have discovered that stabilizing the brain's sugar levels could help prevent the development of Alzheimer's. "Increasing O-GlcNAc slows neurodegeneration and stabilizes tau against aggregation," explains David Vocadlo. In less science-y speak, basically, Volcado and company created a chemical that makes sure all the sugar levels stay a-OK in the brain. Sadly, this doesn't involve eating anything sugary. [Simon Fraser University]

Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire.

Presented by

The Atlantic Wire is your authoritative guide to the news and ideas that matter most right now.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A Stop-Motion Tour of New York City

A filmmaker animated hundreds of still photographs to create this Big Apple flip book

Video

The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"

Video

This Japanese Inn Has Been Open For 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.

Video

What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

Science cannot fully explain near-death experiences.

More in Health

Just In