Older adults who suffer from hypothyroidism are at increased risk of developing dementia. The risk is even higher in those who require thyroid hormone replacement therapy to treat their condition.
Despite speculation that inflammation associated with the shingles virus can increase dementia risk, researchers found little evidence to substantiate the claim.
From keeping active and eating a healthy diet to controlling cholesterol and reducing sugar intake, researchers report on seven simple lifestyle changes older adults with genetic risk factors can make to reduce the chance of developing dementia.
People with higher levels of the antioxidants lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin may have a lower risk of developing dementia, researchers report.
The role exercise plays in maintaining insulin levels and BMI may help protect brain volume and stave off dementia in older adults.
Older adults who take statin drugs have a lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease or parkinsonism symptoms later in life compared to those who do not take statins. Researchers speculate this may be because statins have a neuroprotective effect on arteries in the brain.
Multiple sclerosis patients who followed a ketogenic diet experienced less fatigue, improved symptoms of depression, and improved quality of life. Additionally, those who followed a keto diet had reduced levels of inflammatory markers in blood samples.
A new study links cardiorespiratory fitness in older adults to a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Older adults with higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness have a 33% reduced risk for developing Alzheimer's.
Even for older people experiencing no general memory or thinking problems, performing poorly on a simple memory test may be linked to biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease.
Researchers find no evidence to support the theory that strep throat may lead to the development of tics in children with a parent or sibling with a chronic tic disorder.