Research Shows Loss of Memory, Recovery after High-Fat Diet

Text size: research Jan. 11, 2016 Erica Underwood MS’12, an applied cognition and neuroscience doctoral student, studied how a high-fat diet affects memory. In a first-of-its-kind study, UT Dallas researchers in the Aging & Memory Research Laboratory have determined that while short-term exposure to a high-fat diet can cause learning and memory to fade, that memory can recover over a longer period of time. The same study also showed that in rats, the high-fat diet caused male animals to become severely diabetic after eating it for three to 12 months, while females did not. The research by Erica Underwood MS’12, an applied cognition and neuroscience doctoral student, focused on animals that were fed a high-fat diet, compared to age-matched controls. After three months, the high-fat diet caused both physiological and behavioral…


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