It has been revealed in a recent report that old aged people who consume heavy diets daily are at greater risk of experiencing memory loss. A team of researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona has suggested that elderly people should consume fewer calories so as to remain fit.
The team has studied several hundreds of people segregating them on the basis of their diet habits and conducted their memory tests. People between the ages of 70 to 89 years, who were not patients of dementia, were enrolled in the study. Their memory tests were taken in order to find out the relationship between eating habits and mental health.
As per the findings of the report, people were divided in three different groups, of which one group of those who consumed 600 to 1,500 calories per day, another who took consuming 1,500 to 2,100 calories while the third for those who consumed 2,100 to 6,000. It had been discovered by the researchers that people who consumed more than 2100 calories a day had memory problems whereas those who consumed lesser amounts did not have the risk of the same.
The researchers then came with the recommendation that one should include healthy foods in diet rather than consuming more calories. It was told by the team that doing so would help to cut the risk of memory loss in later life as well as in prevention of the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
It has been confirmed by the researchers that there is a direct link between eating more and high risk of mild cognitive impairment. It became evident when they examined some other factors such as a history of strokes or depression, or educational levels that could result in memory loss as well.
'Adopting a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, is beneficial in protecting against dementia along with a number of other chronic diseases’, says the team.