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Too much food adversely affects memory
Too much high-calorie food promotes memory problems. US researchers found this out in a study. Seniors who eat more than 2100 calories a day are twice as at risk as people who eat less than 1500 calories a day.
Forgetfulness from so much food For the study, Yonas Geda from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona and his colleagues examined over 1200 people aged 70 to 89 years. No form of dementia was diagnosed in the subjects who had to report how many calories they consumed daily. They were then divided into three groups. In the first group of subjects, the less eaters were less than 1500 calories a day. The second group included senior citizens who ingested up to 2100 calories with their food every day. The group were the eaters with up to 6000 calories a day. The examination of the elderly revealed a slight cognitive disorder in 163 study participants, a preliminary stage to dementia diseases such as Alzheimer's. The risk of eaters was twice as high as that of those who were not eaters. Study author Geda reports: “The more calories you consume per day, the higher the risk of mild cognitive impairment. Calorie reduction and healthy eating could be an easy way to prevent memory loss in old age. ”
Unhealthy eating leads to brain damage Two independent US studies at the beginning of last year showed that unhealthy eating can cause brain damage. The scientists uncovered that unhealthy diet combined with being overweight causes certain regions of the brain to shrink and thus promote disorders in eating behavior. Specifically, this involved a significant downsizing of certain reward and appetite centers in the cerebrum, as well as significant structural damage.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has been warning for some years that too many people in the member states are overweight. Obesity is becoming a widespread disease, especially children are particularly affected. (ag)
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