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Overeating May Raise Risk for Memory Problems (WebMD Health News)

By Denise Mann
Source: WebMD Health News

Dr. Marc. L. Gordon, Chief, Neurology, Zucker Hillside Hospital, comments on a study equating overeating with the development of memory problems in seniors.

Overeating may double your risk of developing memory problems.

Older adults who ate between 2,100 and 6,000 calories each day were twice as likely to develop memory problems. The new findings are slated to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in New Orleans.

The more calories the adults took in, the higher their risk for mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which is the medical term for mild memory loss. While not serious enough to seriously interfere in their daily lives, people with MCI may have problems remembering recent events and/or new information, as well as have issues with other brain functions. People with MCI are at greater risk for developing dementia, but not all do.

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