8 August 2009

Dementia linked to unhealthy midlife lifestyle

Middle-aged smokers at higher risk of dementia
Guardian UK: 4 August 2009
Middle-aged people who smoke, are diabetic or have high blood pressure are far more likely to suffer from dementia, research reveals today.

Smokers aged between 46 and 70 have a 70% higher risk of developing chronic memory loss, according to a study reported in Britain's Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. The chance of people with diabetes getting dementia is more than doubled because of their condition, while in those with raised blood pressure it is increased by 60% compared with people without that problem. … > full story : comment from Alzheimer’s Society (UK)

Reference: "Risk of dementia hospitalisation associated with cardiovascular risk factors in midlife and older age: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study." J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2009; doi 10.1136/jnnp.2009.176818

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