Your body wants a schedule: Researchers find that eating at the same time every day helps fight cognitive decline

Research shows that following a regular meal schedule may help to ward off dementia. According to a study at the University of California, Los Angeles, following a regular meal schedule improves the part of the brain associated with gene expression, which is in charge of body control. The study, conducted with mice by Professor Christopher Colwell, reports that the benefits of a regular meal schedule improve sleep patterns and heart health, which helps people diagnosed with Huntington Disease, a form of dementia.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to a study, “regular meals improve gene expression in the region of the brain associated with body control, which often degenerates in Huntington’s disease (HD); a form of dementia.”
  • Simply following a regular eating schedule can even boost one’s sleep quality and heart health, both of which are linked to HD. The researchers add that the study’s results can help individuals diagnosed with the incurable disease improve their quality of life.
  • The results of the study revealed that following regular meal plans can “improve gene expression” in the striatum, or the region of the brain linked with body control which often degenerates in patients with HD.

“He shares that caloric restriction has also often helped prolong the life spans and protect individuals against different kinds of pathological conditions.”