Overeating May Create Twice the Risk of Memory Loss in Elderly
Do you need to lose a few pounds, like 30-60 pounds? I used to be over 100 pounds heavier, but when I discovered I had a gluten/wheat allergy, I ditched the flour/bread/pastries and the weight fell off. I'm glad that I was able to lose the fat because everything about me then was slower: my climbing stairs (puffing) my tennis game (huffing) and even my thinking process. However with the thought slow-down, I wasn't really aware until I lost the weight. This makes sense doesn't it? How can you be aware, when your "awareness" is impaired?
Well, turns out that all that the overeating I "accomplished" was not only stultifying me physically, but there were mental repercussions. If I had continued eating more than my body could use in my senior years, I most likely would have been in trouble mentally according to a recent study which implies that excess pounds and overeating may double the chance of cognitive decline among people 70 and older. This information is not really new. Reports linking healthy lifestyle (overeating is not healthy) with looking and feeling younger and maintaining mental youthfulness and attitude are everywhere.
This particular study involved over 1,200 dementia-free people between ages 70 and 89. Of those,163 people had Mild Cognitive Impairment. MCI is the intermediate stage between the expected cognitive decline of normal aging and the more pronounced decline of dementia, according to the Mayo Clinic. When older individuals have MCI their risk for developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease increases as they age. However, this is not true for everyone who is aging, because some with MCI never get dementia or Alzheimer's.
The study which was conducted at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. reviewed study participants' responses to questions about the daily amount of calories they consumed. Researchers separated the participants into three groups based on their daily caloric consumption.Continued on the next page