Bel Marra Health ( — www.belmarrahealth.com), a company that offers high-quality, specially-formulated vitamins and nutritional products, is weighing in on new research that suggests being overweight may hurt the memory.
In the study, recently published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) tracked 1,400 participants and examined their cognitive abilities over a 14-year period. They discovered that participants who had higher body mass indexes (BMI) at the age of 50 developed Alzheimer’s disease nearly seven months sooner than other patients.
(Source: “Why your weight could be hurting your memory,” Bel Marra Health web site, September 21, 2015; http://www.belmarrahealth.com/why-your-weight-could-be-hurting-your-memory/.)
“Weight is already attributed to so many other afflictions,” says Dr. Victor Marchione, spokesperson for Bel Marra Health. “Heart disease, diabetes—these are linked in some way to being physically unhealthy. Now with new research suggesting that Alzheimer’s may also be connected to weight, I think it proves more than ever that being healthy is an important part of living a fruitful life as we age.”
Study participants with a BMI of 30 or over, which is considered obese, experienced Alzheimer’s up to one year earlier than others—more than five months earlier than those considered overweight with a BMI of 25.
“It’s important to keep in mind not to assume too much based on one study,” Dr. Marchione continues. “But the length and number of subjects studied does provide a solid indication of what can happen to those who are overweight or obese. Alzheimer’s is a disease that is emotionally painful to watch someone go through; it is also incredibly difficult for the person actually going through it. So knowing that there’s a chance you can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by lowering your body weight is a factor to take seriously.”
Further to the study, even when overweight participants didn’t develop Alzheimer’s, they experienced an increase in amyloid plaques—toxic proteins that harm the brain. This is also believed to be related to BMI.
Dr. Marchione says the best chance at preventing Alzheimer’s is eating right, getting a fair amount of exercise, and taking the proper steps to lower weight.
“The key is to live a healthier, more active life which includes eating certain foods that are shown to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s,” Dr. Marchione concludes.
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