Strategies to Prevent Memory Loss
Obesity increases your risk of developing a long list of chronic diseases. Heart disease and type-2 diabetes usually top the list of concerns, with high cholesterol, arthritis and sleep apnea usually falling not too far behind.
The truth is that the longer you live with obesity, the more of these obesity-related problems you are likely to encounter. And one obesity-related disease has the potential to increase your risk of another. This is the case with type-2 diabetes. Living with diabetes on its own is rough, but what makes it even more complicated is the chance that type-2 diabetes may actually cause even more health problems.
Type-2 diabetes is highly associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This means that the longer you live with obesity, the greater your risk becomes for experiencing memory loss.
Preventing Memory Loss
Losing weight can help you reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss by reducing your risk or even reversing the onset of type-2 diabetes. Weight loss surgery is considered one of the best forms of treatment for actually curing type-2 diabetes. Insulin treatments address the symptoms, but losing weight can cause blood sugar levels of actually stabilize.
It is these very blood sugar fluctuations that are the root of the link between type-2 diabetes and memory loss. Insulin spikes and drops influence cognitive ability, and the more often they happen, the more cognitive damage is inflicted. If you have type-2 diabetes, the best thing you can do to prevent issues with memory loss is to stabilize those insulin spikes and drops as you work to lose weight.
You can also try using healthy strategies like these to prevent memory loss as you begin working on achieving a healthier lifestyle:
- Activate your mind daily by reading, playing logic games like Sudoku, doing crossword puzzles or playing chess.
- Keep yourself active as exercise encourages a healthy mind. Go for daily walks and exercise as often as your weight loss surgeon says is appropriate for your health.
- Stay as social as you can! Try meeting new people and learning new names, and using memory games like repetition to remember the names of new people you meet.
- Get plenty of sleep. Missing out on sleep regularly can increase your risk of experiencing memory loss.
Prevention of memory loss is important because once cognitive impairment develops there is nothing you can do to reverse the damage. Talk to your weight loss surgeon about ways that you can improve your lifestyle through diet and exercise.