Lose Weight or Lose Your Mind – and other stuff

by DavalosMcCormack on May 9, 2008

Being seriously overweight or even obese can increase your risk of dementia. Now that’s a heck of an incentive to lose weight don’t you think.

But first, just writing that phrase “seriously overweight” had me wondering do people get overweight just for fun? I don’t think so. Unless of course they are movie stars putting on weight to show how seriously they take their craft.

Anyway, the good people at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health did this study. They found that people with healthy body mass index (BMI) and a healthy waist circumference were much less likely to experience dementia than people with large BMI and huge waist circumference.

How big a difference. Well, the researchers say maintaining a healthy weight and BMI can reduce your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s by up to 20 percent. That’s a pretty sizable impact when you consider that Alzheimer’s is already the 8th leading cause of death among elderly Americans.

So, you know what to do. Don’t make me say it yet again…..

High Fat Diet Causes Problems in Low Places

Speaking of too much fat. If you eat a diet high in saturated fat you are at increased risk of not just having prostate cancer, but also of having any treatment for that cancer fail. Bummer dude!

There’s lots of studies over the years showing how eating lots of red meat and saturated fat increases your risk for prostate cancer. Well, now this latest piece of fun news from the the people at M.D. Anderson adds yet another wrinkle to that body of evidence. The researchers looked at almost 400 patients who, according to the study, had a “semi-quantitative validated Block food frequency questionnaire modified to their regional diets”.

Now, I have no idea what the heck that means but I do know that what they found was that those who had a prostatectomy and ate a high fat diet were more likely to see their cancer return within 5 years than men who had a more balanced, less saturated-fat diet. And the men who were obese and ate a high fat diet were the ones most likely to see their cancer return.

To paraphrase Billy Crystal talking about Howard Stern; “That’s not fun, that’s not funny”

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