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New study links losing weight to memory improvements

13th April 2011

Scientists from the US have conducted a study which demonstrates a link between weight loss among obesity patients and improvements in memory and concentration.

A team led by Kent State University department of psychology associate professor John Gunstad has conducted cognitive testing on 150 patients to highlight this connection.

It showed that many bariatric surgery patients exhibited impaired performance on the tests prior to the procedure, but demonstrated improved results 12 weeks afterwards.

Professor Gunstad said the findings were unsurprising, as it is well-established that many conditions associated with obesity – such as high blood pressure, diabetes and sleep apnoea – can have an effect on brain function.

He added: "Our thought was … that it might be an opportunity for individuals who have memory or concentration problems to make those things better in a short amount of time. And that's what we found."

Last month, the Institute of Medicine in Goteborg in Sweden published a study suggesting that bariatric surgery procedures can also help diabetes patients to reduce their risk of heart attacks and strokes.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800498540-ADNFCR

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