Dementia Risk Increases with Multimorbidity Among Seniors
Dementia can impact one’s life in numerous ways. A recent study reviewed the correlation of high-risk diseases and dementia, reports McKnight’s. It was concluded that having one chronic disease can cause a 63 percent increase in the risk of being diagnosed with dementia over a time period of 15 years. Understanding which diseases are associated with an increased dementia risk can help clinicians provide better tailored care to these individuals.
Data was collected from the UK Biobank cohort which included data for more than 200,000 participants between the years 2006 and 2010. All were older than 60 years and were not diagnosed with dementia. The study defined multimorbidity as having at least 2 of the 42 predetermined conditions as well as a high genetic risk for dementia.
As per Catherine M. Calvin, PhD, of the University of Oxford, there is a higher associated risk for dementia 15 years later if more conditions are present. Of the 2,000 participants of the study, about 3 percent received a diagnosis for dementia.