Anemia increases Dementia Risks in Elderly.

dementiaA clinical trial done at the University of California-San Francisco, found that people who were anemic at the start of the 11-year study period ran a 40% higher risk of developing dementia than those without it. About 25% of people over the age of 65 are anemic and have decreased red blood cells and hemoglobin counts. When this occurs the body and brain are getting less oxygen.

This is the first trial to link dementia with anemia. In the past reseachers have suggested a link between anemia and problems on thinking tests.

Kristine Yaffe, a professor of psychiatry, neurology and epidemiology at UCSF, who led the study stated, “These two common, age-related conditions seem to be connected in a way we had not appreciated.” 

Anemia can be caused by a number of different reasons including iron deficiencies, unseen internal bleeding, diseases, or as a side effect of medications. Anemia is also associated with restless legs, and can make heart conditions worse. Nutritional supplements such as Prohemia, can be used to support the individual with anemia and people are seeing results within 3 to 4 weeks.

It makes sense that depriving the brain of oxygen would cause memory and other problems, said Rachel Whitmer, senior scientist at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland.

“If this is happening in a chronic state, it could be that you’re having this small hit to the brain over time, which can set you up to be more susceptible” to dementia, she said. This study suggests that anemia comes before dementia, but some dementias, like Alzheimer’s, can take years to develop, so it’s still not clear which comes first, the anemia or the dementia, Whitmer said.

Although it is not yet clear whether treating the anemia would reduce the risk of dementia and other health problems, it seems that it would. Physician agree it is best to find the cause of anemia and work with the patient to find the best solutions.

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