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Losing weight ‘can prevent memory loss’

Obesity can harm women’s memory and brain function, those who need motivation to lose weight may be interested to learn.

This is according to a study conducted on 8,745 cognitively normal, post-menopausal women aged from 65 to 79 by Northwestern University in Illinois.

These women were scored on a 100-point memory test, called the Modified Mini-Mental Status Examination.

For every one-point increase in a woman’s body mass index (BMI), her memory score dropped by one point, the research revealed.

“The message is obesity and a higher BMI are not good for your cognition and your memory,” lead author Dr Diana Kerwin clarified.

She went on to say that fat could contribute to the formation of plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Earlier this month, a report published in the Archives of Neurology suggested that people can reduce their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by consuming a diet that is rich in vitamin E.

Is this new piece of research enough to motivate you to lose weight?

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16 Jul
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6 thoughts on “Losing weight ‘can prevent memory loss’”

  1. Carol says:

    This would motivate me to lose weight. I know that it’s not just your weight that contributes to dementia and alzheimer’s but if it helps to reduce it then that’s a great help.

  2. Kelly says:

    This will definately motivate me- dont want to be losing my mind when im older lol

  3. keeley gate says:

    great new research! although i still think for some it still wont be the motivaion to lose weight – some need to be really shocked!

  4. Laura says:

    Didn’t think something like this was possible. Its amazing what these guys can figure out.

    It’s definately enough to push me to lose a little bit weight.

  5. Sheryl says:

    It defo would give me motivation too! My memories are very important to me and I would be devastated if i lost them!

  6. Leigh says:

    This would definately give me the motivation to lose weight!!!

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