Calories and memory losses

Who would have thought that over eating could lead to problems of memory loss in humans. A study recently revealed this startling but true fact. This study is supposed to become a part of the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meet this year. This study shows that eating above 2100 calories a day above the age of seventy will almost double the risk of having the memory losses. Mild cognitive impairment, MCI, or the memory loss is considered as the phase in between the usual memory loss and the Alzheimer’s disease.

The relation found is pretty simple. The more the number the calories consume in a day the higher the risk of having MCI. Around a thousand people were a part of this study and none of them was found to be suffering from dementia at the time of study. Questionnaires were used to count the calorie intake by such people. Almost a third of the people consumed between 600 to 1000 calories a day and an equal number consumed around 1500 to 2100 and 2100 to 6000 calories a day. The risk that the last group with highest calorie intake had was far greater than the others in the study.
Cutting down the calorie intake and leading a healthy life can hence turn out to be a simple way of avoiding memory losses in the future. The study did take into account the various other factors that could influence one’s chances of having the disease. The factors included history of strokes, heart attacks, disabilities, diabetes, amount of education and many such like other factors. It was definitely no surprise that the higher calorie intake could do such harm. Calories do make your lifestyle unhealthy and in appropriate. Calories in excess can make one obese and lazy.

The people behind the study included Ronald C Petersen, MD, Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and other researchers from the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging in Rochester. The study was simply based on observing the pattern of a dose and response system. The dose synonymous with calories was closely monitored along with the response that is the memory loss condition. The study also restricted itself to the people of the elderly age group. The men under study belonged only to the above 70 years of age group. The focus was only to find its effects in the elderly and how much it affects the young is yet to be found.

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