Overeating May Raise Risk for Memory Problems
Overeating has shown to affect memory in old people. The high calorie intake damages the brain cells causing memory problems.
Memory loss in old people is very common, and according to the recent studies, old people who overeat are more prone to have memory problems. Such people show Mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
MCI is also known as Dementia, a disease related to brain which causes memory loss, speech defect and finally Alzheimer’s disease. Till now no exact evidence has come into light which proves that old people who take higher calories suffer from memory loss; but tests have shown that high calorie takers have an increased risk of developing MCI.
The reason for this memory loss is not clear exactly but it is believed that high calories cause increased oxidative damage. This increases the amount of free radicals in the body which in turn causes changes in brain pattern leading to memory loss.
Old people have low metabolic rate, so their calorie intake affects their mental well being. People who have diabetes and high blood pressure are very prone to memory loss caused due to high calorie intake.
Dr. Yonas E. Geda, associate professor of neurology and psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic states that in old age extra precautions should be taken to what a person consumes, as it affects not only the physical well being but also the mental state of the person. To maintain a good memory in old ages, a proper balanced diet is essential with fewer calories.
It is better to control the diet at an early age than wait for long if you want to avoid the problem of facing memory loss at old age.
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Feb 22, 2012
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