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Study: Chewing ability linked with cognitive impairment risk in the elderly

from The Huffington Post

How well can you chew? For the elderly, it may say something about risk of cognitive impairment, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Karolinska Institute and Karlstad University found an association between problems chewing hard foods, like apples, and increased risk of cognitive impairment. The study included 557 people in Sweden ages 77 and older. The researchers measured their brain functioning with the Mini-Mental State Examination, and also assessed each person's chewing ability and tooth loss. Researchers initially found associations between both tooth loss and problems chewing hard foods with cognitive impairment, but after taking into account other factors like age, education status, mental illness and sex, only the association between problems chewing and cognitive impairment remained significant. more

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