Overeating can double the risk of memory problems.Elderly people who consume from 2100 to 6000 calories per day, more than twice as likely to develop memory problems.A new study to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Neurology in New Orleans.The more calories a person consumes, the greater the risk of mild cognitive impairment, or minor memory loss.These disorders do not affect dramatically the quality of life, but in individuals suffering from them, there are problems with remembering recent past events, news and new information, as well as some other abnormalities in the brain.People with mild cognitive impairment are more susceptible to dementia, but it is not developed at all.
The study involved more than 1,200 people aged 70 to 89 years, including 164 patients with signs of mild cognitive impairment.Participants described a special form of their eating habits over the past year.One third of the participants consumed between 600 and 1526 calories per day, another third
risk increases with the amount of calories
Patients who consumed the highest amount of calories, twice the increased risk of the onset of mild cognitive disorders."The results confirm our knowledge about the risk factors of middle age, such as Alzheimer's disease, - says Sam Gendy, Master of Medical Science, PhD, assistant director of the Medical Research Center Mount Sinai in New York.- We know that obesity can cause Alzheimer's disease, and reducing calories lowers the risk.In this regard, a new study of overeating quite logical. "
agree with this statement and David Lowenstein, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the medical school of the University of Miami Miller."More and more studies suggest that what is good for the heart, good for the brain.Overeating can lead to diabetes, stroke and problems with memory. "
protect the brain - less eating, more exercise
David Lowenstein gives advice - to cut calories and exercise regularly."If you will cut down the amount of calories, replacing the" empty "calorie nutritious foods, you can significantly reduce the risk of disorders of the brain and heart disease."
Makr Gordon, head of the department of neurology at the hospital «Zucker Hillside» in Glen Oaks (New York), an expert on Alzheimer's disease at the Institute for Medical Research Feinstein in New York Manhasset, said of the study are inconclusivethat causes problems Overeating memory."It's too early to call for a wholesale reduction in the number of calories.It is necessary to obtain additional confirmation of the stated communication ", - he said.
Christine Tangni is an assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Chicago Rush."People aged 70 to 80 years of age should not consume more than 2,100 calories a day - she says.- People who abuse this rule, subject to many diseases, including cognitive disorders, and obesity. "
results of the study were presented at a medical conference, so they should be considered preliminary until they pass a thorough evaluation by external experts and will be published in a medical journal.