Did you know that obesity at the age of 50 is associated with an up to three times higher risk of dementia?
Several studies have just shown that the connection between weight and cognitive impairment can be crucial in the future.
According to the experts of the Spanish Society of Endocrinology and Etrition (SEEN), in order to enjoy a good memory in the future, it is vital to maintain a normal or normal weight. If until now obesity has been associated with many other disorders and diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia or sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome, among others, it has now been shown that it can even be an indicator of cognitive impairment in the future.
Obesity is a chronic disease of epidemic tendency in the world and has become one of the most difficult public health challenges. In Spain 39.3% of the population has overweight and obesity reaches 21.6%. Figures that according to the Spanish Society for the Study of Obesity (SEEDO), increase with age. These patients have a higher risk of suffering from dementia than people with normal weight, in fact, as noted by Dr. Irene Bretón, president of the Spanish Society of Endocrinology and Nutrition “patients with obesity in the middle stage of life (50 years) have a higher risk of suffering dementia compared to individuals with normal weight. ”
Give your memory health
Every day the population is ageing and although the causes of cognitive deterioration and dementia are still unknown, healthy lifestyle habits and physical exercise to avoid obesity, can have a protective effect against the risk of its development.
Anti-obesity and pro-memory rules
1. Control the size of the portions, eat in moderation.
2. Stay active, walk at least 30 minutes a day.
3. Limit ready-made, fried and breaded food.
4. Eat slowly.
5. Avoid tobacco.
6. Drink water to hydrate you.
7. Moderate the consumption of sugar, sweet foods and sugary drinks.
8. Take a sufficient night’s rest.
9. Keep your mind active (through reading, playing instruments, intellectual games …).
10. If you need help, ask your pharmacist.