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Watch what you eat, it could harm your memory

Eating too much is bad for many aspects of health - from weight management to heart function - but results of a new study from the Mayo Clinic suggest it may also damage your memory. Scientists found that eating between 2,100 and 6,000 calories a day could double your risk of memory loss.

The findings are set to be presented at the upcoming meeting of the American Academy of Neurology and offer another reason to maintain a healthy diet. While the memory loss, known as mild cognitive impairment (MCI), may not be significant on its own, it could lead to more serious problems down the road.

Researchers looked at the eating habits of 1,233 people between the ages of 70 and 89. One third of the participants consumed between 600 and 1,526 calories per day, another third took in between 1,526 and 2,143 calories while the other ate between 2,143 and 6,000. Those in the final group experienced the highest risk of MCI.

"Cutting calories and eating foods that make up a healthy diet may be a simpler way to prevent memory loss as we age," study author Yonas E. Geda said.

 

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