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Protect Your Memory From Alzheimer's, Take Control of Your Weight

Considering obesity, especially during midlife, can increase your risk of dementia, it's no surprise to learn middle-aged adults with higher-than-healthy body mass indexes BMIs fared poorly on memory tests too, according to a new study.

Researchers compared two sets of scores from more than 2,200 healthy French adults between ages 32-62 on an array of standard cognitive tests measuring attention, speed of learning and memory in 1996 and 2001.

Patients with higher BMIs generally had lower scores on memory tests than others with lower body weights. What's more, the cognitive decline of heavier patients with larger BMIs increased during the five years in between testing.

The silver lining behind these negative health results: Addressing one disease, especially through safer, more natural solutions, typically improves a patient's entire health. Some guidelines that will virtually prevent you from succumbing to this brain-wasting disease:

Neurology, Vol. 67, No. 7, October 10, 2006: 1208-1214

MSNBC October 10, 2006

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