April 18, 2011- A recent research study says that losing weight may help with your memory. This is over and above how weight loss can help your heart and other health related issues. The study indicates that cognitive ability and concentration can be improved due to weight loss.
It is common knowledge for years that excessive weight increased the risk of Alzheimer’s and strokes but this recent study shows how obesity is linked to concentration and memory problems even before the worries of Alzheimer’s or a stroke. A total of 150 people were tested and then a certain percentage had gastric bypass operations while others remained the same.
The results were that about 12 weeks after surgery those that had surgery indicated improvements in memory. Processes that before were in the range of mildly impaired moved into the range of normal and that clinically is quite a meaningful change.
Before the surgeries all of those that participated showed some percentage of impaired learning with 23% having had problems with recognition memory. All cognitive test results on those that had surgery were in the average to above average range and that was not present in those that decided against the surgery.
The study is just a start. Now the task at hand is to find out what caused the problems in memory loss and cognitive reasoning, what caused the brain to improve post surgery and how can this it be treated.