A NUMBER OF HEALTH CONDITIONS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH INCREASED DEMENTIA RISK, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
What risk factors are associated with the development of dementia? A recent study concludes that some conditions we may never have thought of, such as poorly fitting dentures, may increase risk. Constantine Lyketsos, an Alzheimer's disease expert at Johns Hopkins, explains the findings.
LYKETSOS: We know that high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, similar conditions like that are risk factors for dementia. They extended this to look at the full range of medical conditions that older people might develop, arthritis, hearing problems, visual problems, and they concluded that there actually is an additive effect on dementia risk. The more health conditions you have the higher your risk of dementia. And that makes sense to me because we clearly see that effect after the onset of dementia. The more health conditions you have and the more active they are the more likely your dementia is to progress fast. :35
It is unknown whether managing these conditions better reduces the risk of dementia. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.