Overeating Might Increase Risk of Memory Loss, Study Suggests
The odds of having mild cognitive impairment more than doubled for those in the highest calorie-consuming group compared to those in the lowest.
In a recent study, researchers found that consuming between 2,100 and 6,000 calories per day may double the risk of memory loss, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), among people age 70 and older. MCI is in between normal age-related memory loss and early Alzheimer’s disease.
“We observed a dose-response pattern which simply means; the higher the amount of calories consumed each day, the higher the risk of MCI,” said study author Yonas Geda, of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The study involved 1,233 people between the ages of 70 and 89 who were free of dementia and were divided into three equal groups based on their daily caloric consumption. One group consumed between 600 and 1,525 calories a day, the second between 1,526 and 2,143 and the third between 2,143 and 6,000.
The odds of having MCI more than doubled for those in the highest calorie-consuming group compared to those in the lowest. The results were identical after adjusting for other factors that can affect risk of memory loss. The middle group showed no significant difference in risk.
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