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Weight Loss May Lower Risk Of Alzheimer’s

Whitney | September 20th, 2012

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Weight loss not only helps people look and feel better, but offers a myriad of other health benefits. Recent research out of Seattle suggests that diets low in saturated fat may even ward off the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. This new finding is just one more good reason to shed the excess pounds – to the benefit of your mind as well as your body.

Fastest Way to Lose Weight May Ward Off Memory Loss

A low-fat diet, which is often touted as the fastest way to lose weight, offers benefits as far-reaching as cognitive function, according to this study. The physicians at The Center for Medical Weight Loss have long advised their patients that losing weight can have powerful benefits on health, including reversing type 2 diabetes. The long-term weight loss process can be difficult to sustain without a doctor’s guidance and ongoing support.

The Center for Medical Weight Loss features customized physician-guided programs based on each individual’s metabolism and health history. Doctors offer ongoing support and education to ensure patients successfully reach weight loss goals before transitioning to a weight maintenance program.

How to Lose Weight and Preserve Cognitive Function

The study, which was conducted at the Geriatric Research and Clinical Education Center at the Veteran’s Affairs Puget Sound Health Care Systems, looked at 49 adults with an average age of 68. Twenty of the adults showed normal brain function, while 29 demonstrated early signs of mild memory loss. Half the adults were offered diets high in saturated fat, while the other half were fed a low-fat diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Both groups remained on the diet four weeks, and then biomarkers for Alzheimer’s were carefully measured.

The study found that those who adhered to low-fat diets saw their biomarkers go down, while those eating a diet high in saturated fat had increases in their biomarkers. This carefully-controlled study, which was published in the Archives of Neurology, indicated that the type of food eaten daily had a direct impact on risk factors affecting Alzheimer’s disease in just four short weeks.

These findings could affect risk factors for the disease in the future, since diet appears to play a direct role in the onset of early Alzheimer’s symptoms.

Easy diets: do they exist?

Though for some people, there may be no such thing as easy diets, the doctors at The Center For Medical Weight Loss have treated thousands of people who lose weight successfully. Studies published in the American Journal of Medicine indicate that the average weight loss for patients is 11.1% of total body weight in 12 weeks. That means approximately 28 pounds for individuals weighing 250 pounds, and the weight loss may be even greater for heavier individuals.

Currently there are around 450 centers across the country to help people find the fastest way to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Enter your zip code at the right to find out if there is a center in your area. Special offers are available for first-time visitors at select centers.