Weight Loss in Overweight Women Improves Memory and Brain Activity

Forgetfulness goes by many names: old age, mommy brain, a senior-moment, absent-mindedness, or scatter brained, to name a few. A spotty memory has been linked to growing old, brain trauma, some diseases, and even having babies! But, did you know that memory can also be linked to your weight? In multiple studies, researchers have found that overweight to obese post-menopausal women have reduced episodic memory and decreased memory-encoding abilities in comparison to their average weight peers. Essentially, old memories are forgotten, and new memories are harder to retrieve.

In a study done by the Umea University in Sweden, researchers discovered that weight loss improved memory in overweight post-menopausal women, suggesting that obesity-related impairments can be reversible. In the study, researchers placed their two focus groups on two different diets but discovered weight loss in general triggered these memory-improving changes. At CHRIAS, our focus is on helping our patients become healthier, feel happier, and enjoy an improved quality of life, including improved mental acuity. These weight loss tips can help support your weight loss after surgery:

  • Follow-Up Visits. Visiting your physician after surgery helps them to observe your weight loss, make adjustments (if you’ve had the LAP-BAND or Realize Band surgery), and answer any questions you may have about maximizing your weight loss.
  • Eat Protein. Protein is essential for maintaining lean muscle mass after surgeries like gastric bypass and gastric sleeve. During the first few months of rapid weight loss, it is especially important to take in enough protein.
  • Exercise. Not only is exercise essential for weight loss, but exercise helps tone and build muscle, keep skin elastic, and keep you a fat-burning machine.
  • Attend Support Groups. Take advantage of expert knowledge and peer support at our Delaware weight loss surgery center support groups. Studies have shown that people who take advantage of support groups lose more weight and have a more positive weight loss experience.

If you have been struggling with weight gain or have not had success losing weight through traditional diet and exercise, weight loss surgery may be a positive option for weight management. Better health, more restful sleep, sharper memory, and increased physical comfort are just some of the results patients obtain from using bariatric surgery as a support to a structured weight loss and fitness plan. The Christiana Institute of Advanced Surgery has performed over 4,000 bariatric surgeries, and has an impressive reputation for patient safety and satisfaction. If you are interested in learning more about our surgeries, or you have a loved one who may benefit from weight loss surgery, please attend one of our free informational seminarsor call us at 302-892-9900.

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