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Jul 19, 2010 9:40 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Excess weight affects memory

The more an older woman weighs -- the worse her memory.

A study out of Northwestern University found for every one point increase in Body Mass Index, a woman's memory score dropped a point.

Researchers looked at the brain function and weight of over 8500 postmenopausal women. Those who were pear shaped -- meaning most of their weight was in their hips rather than their waist -- had more memory deterioration.

The researchers say even if a woman has normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and doesn't have diabetes -- weight can still play a major role in her risk for memory problems.

The study is published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society.

 

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