Monday, February 13, 2012

Eat Less Remember More

To be clear - eating less is a necessary step for people who are eating too much (not those who are not).  This does involve somewhere near 75% of adults in the US and nearly that many adults in Mexico, the UK and Australia.

The press release that I am going to share in a moment will give you only the barest details on a research study that involved older persons living in Minnesota - you may or may not be similar to the people in the study.  All I know for now is that the people were between the ages of 70 and 89 when the study started and were not then diagnosed with dementia.  

The study includes real numbers and it appears that the magic one is 2143 - or we can just round that down to 2100 calories a day. Persons in the study who ate upwards of 2100 calories a day were more likely to have cognitive decline - memory loss that may or may not lead to dementia-than those who ate less.

If you were keeping up with me over the summer, you might have read some of my posts that decried the use of a general label recommendation that suggested we adults needed 2000 or 2500 calories a day.  

This research adds to the evidence that calories count and we better count them before we forget how.
Here is the press release from the American Academy of Neurology (neurologists study the nervous system which includes the brain).

I think I will use tomorrow's post to offer hints on ways to easily cut 200 calories from a day.

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