Overeating may double odds of memory loss in elderly

By Monica DyBuncio

(CBS) Can stuffing your mouth clog your brain? A new study suggests overeating may double the risk for memory loss, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), among people age 70 and older.

Alzheimer’s disease: 7 things that raise your risk

The study – to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting in April – involved over 1,200 dementia-free people between ages 70 and 89. Of those, 163 people had MCI. Participants filled out a questionnaire about the amount of calories they consumed daily.

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is the intermediate stage between the expected cognitive decline of normal aging and the more pronounced decline of dementia, according to the Mayo Clinic. It increases a person’s risk for developing later dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, but some people with MCI never get worse.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. split the participants into three groups based on their daily caloric consumption. One-third of the participants consumed between 600 and 1,526 calories per day; one-third consumed between 1,526 and 2,143; and one-third consumed between 2,143 and 6,000 calories daily.

The researchers found the odds of having MCI were more than double for those in the group that consumed the most calories than for those that consumed the least. There was no significant risk in the middle group.

Read the full article at CBS.com

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s