Eating too much can cause MCI

Jasmine Phu

February 13, 2012

Overeating may cause increased chance of developing mild cognitive impairmentNew research published, which will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans in April, found a correlation between overeating and mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

The researchers from the Mayo Clinic split 1,233 patients into three groups depending on their caloric intake each day. The findings showed that those who consumed the most calories had double the chance of developing MCI.

"We observed a dose-response pattern, which simply means the higher the amount of calories consumed each day, the higher the risk of mild cognitive impairment," study author Dr. Yonas Geda said. "Cutting calories and eating foods that make up a healthy diet may be a simpler way to prevent memory loss as we age."

Family caregivers who are looking after their senior loved one may want to ensure that they are consuming a healthy diet to prevent memory loss. It may also be advisable to purchase a medical alert device, as it allows aging adults to contact emergency services if they injure themselves while the caregiver is not around.