Knowing The Health Problems That Cause Memory Loss As We Age

2011-11-11 | |
Last updated: 2011-11-11

Obesity and Poor Quality Memory

Now some people might not link obesity with aging because there is an unfortunately large number of younger people who are overweight and obese. However, gaining weight takes time and losing it becomes more difficult as we age. As a result, obesity is related to aging in some ways. Research has also found a link between obesity and memory loss.

In research from Kent State University, researchers found that patients who had lost weight in the 3 months following bariatric surgery had improved memory compared to patients who had not the surgery. The researchers observed that the patient’s ability to recall was 14% faster than for patients without the surgery. While the researchers were not entirely sure how obesity affects memory, the results are important because they suggest that the poor memory experienced by many obese individuals can be reversed to some degree.

Memory Problems With Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes

Directly related to obesity, high blood pressure and incorrect cholesterol levels is the condition called metabolic syndrome. This condition often leads to diabetes and not surprisingly, is also linked to memory loss. Research from the French National Institute of Health Research found that in people over the age of 65, having metabolic syndrome increased the risks of memory decline by 20%.

As a result, the researchers suggest that managing metabolic syndrome is important in preventing future memory problems and dementia.

Related research from 2004 found similar results amongst those with diabetes. In the case of diabetes, however, the risks for serious memory problems were 65% higher than for people without the disease. These results are very important because they indicate just how crucial prevention and management of diabetes is in stemming the tide of dementia amongst the growing number of seniors.


Although aging has long been associated with memory loss, aging itself is not the direct cause of poor memory. Instead, a number of other age-related health issues can contribute to memory problems. As a result, it is important to understand the real risks for failing memory as we age. Given that losing memory is only our second largest fear after developing cancer, we owe it to ourselves to be aware of the health issues that can rob of us of our memory. We also owe it to ourselves to take the necessary steps to control these conditions so we can remain sharp.

If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or are battling obesity, consider sharing your experiences in the health forums.

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  1. Gracelin says:

    Why does this have to be the ONLY reliable source? Oh well, gj!