New Study Shows Osteoporosis Increases Dementia Risk
A newly published large-scale study has evidenced that osteoporosis significantly increases the risk of developing dementia. The investigation was undertaken by the Epidemiology Team of IQVIA, Frankfurt, Germany. Osteoporosis affects over three million people in the UK.
The study sought to investigate the impact of osteoporosis on the risk of developing dementia in almost 60,000 patients, where they were followed for up to 20 years in more than 1,200 general practices in Germany.
What is the connection between osteoporosis and dementia?
“The major hypothesis to explain the association between osteoporosis and dementia is that these two conditions have similar risk factors,” noted co-author Louis Jacob, MD, from the University Clinic of Paris 5.
He continued: “These factors include APOE4 allele of the apolipoprotein E, a major cholesterol carrier, lower vitamin K levels, vitamin D deficiency, but also androgens and estrogens.”
Project Lead investigator Professor Karel Kostev from the Epidemiology Team of IQVIA, Frankfurt, tol of how there is a great interest in the relationship between osteoporosis and dementia.
“This study is the first to address this question in a very large database enabling the case-control-comparison between patients with and without osteoporosis.”
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