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A Study Suggests A Relationship Between Dementia And Smoking

- Friday, December 10, 2010

Recently we came across a new study that was completed on dementia and Alzheimer’s and we wanted to share the results with our readers. This is just a brief summary of the full article but it gets right to the point. A new study published in Archives of Internal Medicine indicates a relationship between heavy smoking in midlife and increased risk for dementia. This includes both vascular dementia (VaD) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Prospective data from a multiethnic population-based cohort of 21,123 members of a health care system who participated in a survey between 1978 and 1985 was analyzed. Of that group, 25% were diagnosed as having dementia during a follow-up period of 23 years. Compared to nonsmokers, those smoking more than two packs a day evinced an elevated risk of dementia.

The authors concluded that heavy smoking in midlife was associated with a greater than 100% increase in the risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia more than two decades later. Results suggest the brain is vulnerable to long term consequences of heavy smoking. While smoking has always been bad for you it shows that this is yet another complication that can arise from smoking. Granted the study was done one smokers who smoked around 2 packs a day, the study still suggested a relationship between dementia and smoking. Even though dementia is a serious affliction being an assisted living environment for these individuals we feel helps out more than we could imagine. If you know a loved who is suffering from this disease contact us today and we'll be happy to assist you in any way possible.