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Suffering from a traumatic brain injury? Watch your weight

If you suffered a brain injury in the past, one of the biggest threats to your overall well-being could be something you're totally overlooking: your weight.

According to a new study published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, maintaining a healthy body weight is one of the most important things you can do to make your long-term survival easier. It's also one of the things that brain injury survivors may often overlook.

All of the participants in the study were brain injury victims who needed inpatient care after their initial trauma. They all received intensive mental health and physical therapy services to help them regain their ability to function.

Researchers found that many brain injury patients had lost weight after their initial injury. The sudden weight loss is generally attributed to both changes in metabolic rate that can occur after a head injury and lifestyle changes. In fact, victims of brain injuries are far less likely to be overweight than the general adult population in the United States for those reasons.

However, five years after their initial injury, some brain injury victims had picked their lost weight back up -- and gained. Brain injury victims between 30 years of age and 80 years of age were most at risk of being overweight or obese.

What were the associated effects of the excess weight gain? When asked, brain injury victims who are overweight are far more likely than those of normal weight to consider themselves in poor health. They're also more likely to suffer from a variety of weight-associated health complications, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease and failure
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Increased seizure activity

All of those conditions can have a detrimental effect not only on the length of a brain injury victim's life but also on the quality of that life.

For patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries and their families, what does this information mean? Essentially, proper weight management is another key to a successful recovery after a traumatic brain injury. While it isn't the only key, it's one more piece of the puzzle that can help TBI victims lead a fuller, better life.

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