The paradox of overnutrition in aging and cognition
Article first published online: 17 MAY 2013
© 2013 New York Academy of Sciences.
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume 1287, Annals Meeting Reports pages 31–43, May 2013
How to Cite
Fielding, R. A., Gunstad, J., Gustafson, D. R., Heymsfield, S. B., Kral, J. G., Launer, L. J., Penninger, J., Phillips, D. I. W. and Scarmeas, N. (2013), The paradox of overnutrition in aging and cognition. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1287: 31–43. doi: 10.1111/nyas.12138
- Issue published online: 30 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 17 MAY 2013
- Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science
- cognitive decline;
- Alzheimer's disease;
Populations of many countries are becoming increasingly overweight and obese, driven largely by excessive calorie intake and reduced physical activity; greater body mass is accompanied by epidemic levels of comorbid metabolic diseases. At the same time, individuals are living longer. The combination of aging and the increased prevalence of metabolic disease is associated with increases in aging-related comorbid diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, cerebrovascular dementia, and sarcopenia. Here, correlative and causal links between diseases of overnutrition and diseases of aging and cognition are explored.