August 13, 2013

Brains Low on Oxygen

1 Elders with Anemia Are More Dementia-Prone

An eleven-year study of 2,552 older adults has found that whose who suffered from anemia at the start of that time period were 40 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who were non-anemic. Anemia occurs when, due to a shortage of either red blood cells or hemoglobin, the bloodstream delivers less oxygen to the body, and an insufficient oxygen level in the brain would explain loss of memory, cognitive decline, and other manifestations of dementia. The findings are significant, since as many as one in every four people over the age 65 may be anemic, and the study, conducted by the University of California at San Francisco, found that 23 percent of those with anemia developed dementia. With regard to causality, it also found that the anemia preceded the dementia.

More at Pressdisplay.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Gene Linked to Obesity May Lead to Dementia

Tags: Anemia, Causes of Dementia, Dementia, Anemia and Dementia, Health Problems Due to Anemia

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