Caloric Restriction and Memory

We have known for some time that caloric restriction relates to longevity and functional health in animals. This has been well documented and discussed in previous blogs from Fit brains. However, the issue of whether caloric restriction also benefits humans has been less clear. It’s also obvious and important to note how difficult caloric restriction can be for humans, particularly when such reduction in calories is significant.

Much work is done on the quality of what is consumed when one reviews the many dietary plans offered on the market. Less is focused on the quantity and it is generally true that those living in western nations over-consume. This has resulted in an alarming increase in obesity and diabetes, including a significant number of cases emerging in childhood.

The balance of sugars and insulin in our bodies is very important. An unhealthy balance can lead to diabetes and multiple other medical problems, some of which affect the brain such as stroke and dementia. We now know that what we eat affects both the structure and function of our brain and more attention is now focused on both the quality and quantity of our diets.

2 thoughts on “Caloric Restriction and Memory”

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  2. “Memory retention is also seen as a positive byproduct. A 2009 research paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PSNAS), compared results in three parts of a group of normal to overweight elderly people. Part of the group was given no intervention, part were given fish oil, and part were placed on a CR eating lifestyle. Memory tests were done at baseline and three months after the study started. The study found that the CR group lost the most weight and also had an improvement in memory. ”

    Excerpt From: Mike Stair. “200 calories Every 2 hours.” iBooks.

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