Skip to comments.Patterns: Treating Other Conditions May Stave Off Alzheimer’s, Study Finds
Posted on 04/19/2011 12:36:28 PM PDT by neverdem
Older people suffering from mild memory and cognition problems may be less likely to progress to full-blown Alzheimers disease if they receive treatment for medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, a new study has found.
In 2004, researchers at Daping Hospital in Chongqing, China, began following 837 residents ages 55 and older who had mild cognitive impairment but not dementia. Of these, 414 had at least one medical condition that can impair blood flow to the brain.
After five years, 298 of the participants had developed Alzheimers. Subjects who had had high blood pressure or other vascular problems at the beginning of the study were twice as likely to develop the dementia, compared with those without these risks, the researchers found. Half of those with vascular risks progressed to Alzheimers, compared with only 36 percent of those without...
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