Here is another reason to watch what you eat — especially if you're a senior citizen!
A new study has linked overeating to memory loss in the elderly population. Those eating 6,000 calories a day may have DOUBLE the chance of developing mild cognitive impairment!
The diagnosis means more serious memory loss then what is expected to come naturally with aging and is a risk factor for developing dementia or even Alzheimer's!
To come to their conclusion, researchers studied the eating habits of 1,233 people between the ages of 70 and 89, none of which had dementia, but 123 had MCI. The participants were divided into three groups: those who ate up to 1,526 calories per day, those who ate up to 2,143 and those eating up to 6,000.
We're not shocked to hear that those folks eating up to 6,000 calories a day (the recommended amount for anyone over 51-years-old is just 1,800) were twice as likely to have mild cognitive impairment. Study researcher Dr. Yonas E. Geda said in a statement:
"We observed a dose-response pattern, which simply means the higher the amount of calories consumed each day, the higher the risk of MCI."
So seniors, it may be time to cut back if you have any interest in preserving the lifetime of memories you have racked up so far!
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