Research reported in the American Academy of Neurology has found that the more vascular risk factors someone has the greater the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
'Vascular' means vessels that carry or circulate fluids, such as blood.
Vascular risk factors were defined as high blood pressure, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and current smoking.
The researchers from Columbia University followed up 1,138 people (average age mid 70's) over 5 years. None of them had dementia when the study began. Their findings showed that;
These research findings have implications for minimizing vascular health risks through;
Aggregation of vascular risk factors and risk of incident Alzheimer disease .Published 2005
J. A. Luchsinger, MD, MPH, C. Reitz, MD, L. S. Honig, MD, PhD, M. X. Tang, PhD, Steven Shea, MD, MS and R. Mayeux, MD, MSe From the Taub Institute for Research of Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain (Drs. Luchsinger, Reitz, Honig, Tang, and Mayeux), Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center (Drs. Luchsinger, Honig, Tang, and Mayeux), Department of Biostatistics (Drs. Tang, and Mayeux), Joseph P. Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology (Drs. Shea, and Mayeux), Joseph P. Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and Division of General Medicine (Drs. Luchsinger, Shea, Mayeux), Department of Medicine, Department of Neurology (Drs. Honig and Mayeux), and Department of Psychiatry (Drs. Mayeux), Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY.