Calorie link to memory loss

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Overeating can double the risk of memory problems in old age, new research has found.

Studies by scientists in the United States have shown that a high calorific intake can substantially increase the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a syndrome characterised by mild memory loss which can precede dementia.

The findings were released ahead of the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th annual meeting in New Orleans in April.

Dr Marie Janson, of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Although these findings are yet to be published, they touch on an interesting subject.

“The initial report suggests older people who consume a high number of calories may be at greater risk of developing mild cognitive impairment.

“It would be interesting to see how many of these people go on to develop dementia.”