BARIATRIC SURGERY INCREASES MEMORY FUNCTIONS | Healios

BARIATRIC SURGERY INCREASES MEMORY FUNCTIONS

Obesity is commonly known to be associated with co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol levels, obstructive sleep apnea and depression. Bariatric surgery not only results in weight loss, but also reduces all these comorbidities.

It has been observed that obesity is also linked with milder impairments of cognitive functions including deficits in attention, executive function and memory. Obesity is an independent risk factor for Alzheimers disease.

Studies done up to 2 years has shown that memory is improved right from 12 weeks following bariatric surgery till the end of the study. This was related to reduction in weight, though may not be directly related to other co-morbid conditions.

This suggests that it is possible that bariatric surgery may actually prevent cognitive decline and also prevents memory loss.

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