Memory loss linked to overeating

Posted at 02/18/12 7:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Over-consumption of calories in a day can double the risk of memory loss, according to a study from the American Academy of Neurology.

The study suggests that consuming 2,100 and 6,000 calories can hasten the possible onset of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) among individuals 70 years old and above. MCI is the stage between normal memory loss and the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

“The higher the amount of calories consumed each day, the higher the risk of MCI,” researcher Yonas E. Geda, MD, MSc said.

The findings of the research is further proof that having a proper diet can prevent health complications.“Cutting

calories and eating foods that make up a healthy diet may be a simpler way to prevent memory loss as we age,” Geda said.