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4 Your Health: More teens trying to lose weight and preventing Alzheimer’s disease

More than a third of older teens in the United States try to lose weight each year.

A new government study looked at weight loss attempts of adolescents between 16 and 19-years-old.

Over 37 percent said they had tried to shed extra pounds within the past year, up from 24 percent five years ago.

Girls and teens with higher BMI’s were the most likely to attempt losing weight.

The most common method used was exercise.

Exercise helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease. 

Exercise may also help protect against Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study tracking nearly 200 older adults.

It showed seniors who logged at least 9,000 steps a day had less cognitive decline and brain tissue loss over time.

Most importantly, exercise was beneficial for those considered to be at high-risk for Alzheimer’s.

Hearing loss increases risk of dementia. 

Hearing loss is known to increase the risk of dementia, but wearing a hearing aid may help reduce that risk.

Researchers in the UK tracked 25,000 older adults with mild to moderate hearing loss.

They found seniors who wore a hearing aid for two years performed better in memory and attention tests than those who did not wear the devices.

Experts say more research is needed, but if you are advised you need a hearing aid find one that works for you.

Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper is an anchor and multi-skilled journalist for News 4 Tucson. She anchors weekdays at noon and 4 p.m.

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