Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Overeating and Mild Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly

A new study suggests overeating may double the risk for memory loss, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), among people age 70 and older.

The study - to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 64th Annual Meeting in April - involved over 1,200 dementia-free people between ages 70 and 89. Of those, 163 people had MCI. Participants filled out a questionnaire about the amount of calories they consumed daily.

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. It increases a person's risk for developing later dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, but some people with MCI never get worse.

 -from a CBS news article yesterday.  Mary had already brought this study to our attention via email.

I am 5 years away from age 70, if I remember correctly, so I am going to diary this for July 16, 2016.  I will ask for a smaller cake and, at that birthday party, start doing something about eating too much.

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