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Top 10 Things That Can Shrink Your Brain

I discovered some interesting articles having to do with things that can shrink your brain. One or two of them might surprise you, as they did me.

Listed below are the top 10 things I've found that can shrink your brain and the online articles discussing them.

1. Drinking Alcohol

Drinking and the shrinking brain – Drinking alcohol in moderation – no more than a couple a day – is associated with a lower risk of heart disease. But a study indicates alcohol that helps the heart might harm the brain.

2. Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Leads to Shrinking Brain, Bone Loss – Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS is a nationally known expert on weight loss and nutrition and natural healing. A popular and dynamic speaker who combines wit and humor with science, he’s appeared as a health and nutrition expert on MSNBC, CNN, …

3. Low Carb Diets

Shrinking waist, shrinking brain? – For glamour. For style. For fun. It’s all at

4. Smoking Cannabis

Smoking Cannabis May Shrink Brain, Scientists Report – Smoking cannabis for long periods of time may shrink parts of the brain that govern memory, emotion and aggression, according to researchers in Australia.

5. Major Depression

ABC News: Does Depression Shrink Your Brain? – While this is an important issue for short-term health, it may also be important for the longer term, because there is some evidence that depression shrinks the brain.

6. Old Age

Old Brains Shrink But Work Just as Well – "We found that, on average, men aged 64 years have smaller brains than men aged 60," said Helen Christensen of the Australian National University.

7. Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain Shrinks People's Brains – Pain causes an unexpected brain drain, according to a new study in which the brains of people with chronic backaches were up to 11 percent smaller than those of non-sufferers.

8. Elevated Blood Pressure

Blood pressure elevation may shrink brain– High blood pressure speeds the loss of memory and other cognitive abilities in the elderly and causes their brains to shrink, a study has found.

9. Stress

Stress Can Shrink Your Brain – New research is providing insight into how stress can shrink your brain cells and prematurely age your immune system.

10. Eating Only Veggies

Eating veggies shrinks the brain – Scientists have discovered that going veggie could be bad for your brain-with those on a meat-free diet six times more likely to suffer brain shrinkage.

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