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Wednesday
Jul132011

Non-Traditional Health-Related Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(HALIFAX, Nova Scotia) -- The risk of Alzheimer’s disease is influenced by a number of health factors such as diabetes, cholesterol, as well as physical and mental fitness.  A new Canadian study published in Neurology now adds more such health factors to the list -- all not traditionally associated with dementia.  

After following over 7,200 older adults in Canada over a 10-year period, researchers at the QEII Health Sciences Centre found that those with arthritis, trouble hearing or seeing, chest or skin problems, sinus issues, broken bones and even denture fit had a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  

Specifically, the authors found that the risk of dementia increased by 3.2 percent for each deficit accumulated over the 10-year period.  

They therefore conclude that "general health may be an important confounder to consider in dementia risk factor evaluation."

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