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ICAD: Lung Function Deficiency Tied to Dementia Risk

ICAD: Lung Function Deficiency Tied to Dementia Risk

MADRID, July 18 -- Lung function of Medicare-age patients, as measured by standard spirometry, can suggest how likely they are to develop dementia in the next five to six years, researchers reported here.

Lung capacity tests were performed with patients, all 65 or older, who were followed prospectively for more than five years before they were examined again and their dementia status was assessed, said a Seattle team.

Dementia in this study was defined as total dementia, including the dementia subtypes of Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, and mixed dementia.

"We observed that poor lung function is associated with an increased risk of dementia in older adults," Suzanne Craft, Ph.D., of the University of Washington reported at the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders.

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