You might be familiar with the warnings obesity brings. Excessive weight raises your risk for several cancers, diabetes, heart problems, high cholesterol, blood pressure issues, and a slew of GI problems. Health professionals and dieticians alike encourage healthy eating habits and exercise regimens to help manage weight. The physical problems and internal issues that threaten anyone carrying extra weight should be strong enough warning signs to motivate you to take control of your health. But what if your weight, specifically belly fat, lead to cognitive impairment as well? Would the risk of dementia spur you into a healthier lifestyle?

Data Doesn’t Lie

Over 5,000 Irish adults were studied to determine the correlation between a higher waist to hip ratio and a reduced cognitive function. The information was provided from the Trinity Ulster Department of Agriculture (TUDA) assessing adults older than 60 years of age. In Ireland, more than half of the population over the age of 50 is centrally obese, meaning there is excessive fat around the stomach and abdomen. In fact, only 16% of men and 26% of women in this category report having a normal BMI (body mass index). A high BMI and levels of obesity have always been linked to cardiovascular problems, but in this study, researchers explored the inflammatory properties of belly fat. With the knowledge that fat cells secrete molecules that increase inflammation, the research team pursued the link to our cognitive systems.

Cognitive Dysfunction

Cognitive dysfunction is the loss of intellectual capabilities like memory, reasoning, concentration, and anything that disrupts your ability to function in society. As cognitive impairment progresses, a disorder such as dementia can be diagnosed. In 2001, dementia affected 24.3 million people worldwide. That number is steadily increasing and is predicted to affect 81.1 million people by the year 2040. The research found that both men and women who were overweight did not perform as well on memory tests as adults with normal weight. Nor did they have the same level of visuospatial ability. Taking care of your weight today may help you avoid dementia later in life.

How Sameer Islam Can Help

Sometimes your journey to a healthy weight can be difficult and discouraging. Your overall health is important, and we want to offer you a weight loss program that helps you reach your goals and avoid the complications associated with obesity. ReShape is a balloon device that is inserted into your stomach, filled with saline, and helps train you to eat smaller portions. After six months, the balloon is removed and you and your nutritionist will continue working hard and celebrating as the numbers on the scale decline and your health increases. 

Or, you may be interested in Obalon. This is another balloon device that once expanded, fills with air and causes you to feel full faster. This device is also removed after six months, but your weight loss journey continues with the support and training you need. You may feel confident about a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that actually shrinks your stomach by 80%. Discover more about the revolutionary Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty

Not everyone is successful with diet and exercise alone, although both are important. If you’d like to learn more about healthy weight loss options, enjoy this free ebook written by Dr. Islam. Your weight affects so many parts of your body, including your brain. Protect your cognitive function by successfully managing your weight. If you have questions about any of these weight loss procedures or how to reach your health goals, make an appointment with Dr. Islam today.

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