Overeating may increase risk of memory loss

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The more calories older people consumed, the more likely they were to have mild cognitive impairment.

Overeating may increase your risk of memory loss.  Older people who consumed more than 2,143 calories a day had more than double the risk of a type of memory loss called mild cognitive impairment compared to those who ate fewer than 1,500 calories a day, according to a study being released Sunday by the American Academy of Neurology on its website (aan.com).

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Eating less helps the brain stay young: study

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Eating less turns on a molecule that helps the brain stay young.

Overeating can cause brain aging while eating less turns on a molecule that helps the brain stay young.  Researchers at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Rome have discovered that a molecule, called CREB1, is triggered by “caloric restriction” (low caloric diet) in the brain of mice. They found that CREB1 activates many genes linked to longevity and to the proper functioning of the brain.

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