A recent study found that trying to lose weight when a person is middle-aged (between 40 and 60 years old) can have negative effects on their brains. Alzheimer’s disease risk increases with weight loss in middle age, according to US researchers from Boston University School of Medicine. Researchers from the US and China examined information from the Framingham Heart Study, which tracked Massachusetts residents for four decades.
Every two to four years, the research team took weight measurements from these subjects and compared changes in weight with dementia incidence rates. According to research, older people who are overweight are more likely to experience cognitive impairment when they attempt to lose weight.
In a news release, study author and professor Rhoda of Boston University stated that if weight gain is unexpected after steady weight gain (which is a common occurrence with ageing), beyond middle age. It is best to speak with your doctor and try to determine the cause if it starts to decline. The study provided more proof that dementia develops gradually over many years, possibly the patient’s entire lifetime.
About 10% of Americans 65 and older have dementia, and another 22% have mild mental health issues, according to Columbia University researchers. The results, according to Professor Rhoda, were crucial because previous research had not examined patterns of weight gain, loss, or stability in relation to the risk of dementia. The study’s findings revealed that a decline in overall body mass index was linked to a higher risk of dementia.