Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Having optimal levels of cardiovascular health in older age associated with lower dementia risk

Having optimal levels in more measures of cardiovascular health (nonsmoking, weight, diet, physical activity, cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure) for older adults was associated with lower risk for dementia. This observational study included 6,626 adults in France 65 or older. A lower risk for dementia and lower rates of cognitive decline were associated with each additional metric at the recommended optimal level based on an American Heart Association seven-item checklist aimed at preventing cardiovascular disease. Limitations of the study include participants who were mostly urban and white so the results may not be generalizable to other groups and changes over time in cardiovascular health metrics were not accounted for because they were measured only at the start of the study.


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