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Degenerative eye diseases associated with Alzheimer's risk

Degenerative eye diseases associated with Alzheimer's risk

People with eye conditions such age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma were found be at a higher risk of developing the degenerative brain disorder, which leads to cognitive decline and memory loss. "It just means that your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease might be higher than the other people who do not have those eye conditions", said Dr. Cecilia Lee, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

For the study, the researchers looked at over 9000 people who suffered with heart problems or had an increased risk of getting affected with a heart disease.

According to previous research, the 10-year incidence of dementia is 1.0-1.5% in adults aged 65 years and 7.4-7.6% in adults aged 75 years in general population.

Speckien says although Dementia and Alzheimer's is most commonly seen in people over the age of 80, younger people are beginning to see diagnoses.

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"The main message from this study is that ophthalmologists should be more aware of the risks of developing dementia for people with these eye conditions and primary care doctors seeing patients with these eye conditions might be more careful on checking on possible dementia or memory loss".

Another degenerative eye condition, a cataract, wasn't an Alzheimer's disease risk factor, the researchers found.

According to World Health Organization, worldwide there are about 50 million people living with dementia and about 10 million new cases are added every year.

Research published by the county's Alzheimer's Project estimates that the total net lifetime cost for a person living with all forms of dementia including Alzheimer's is $321,780. Throughout a five-year study period, they diagnosed almost 800 of those monitored with Alzheimer's. "This study solidifies that there are mechanistic things we can learn from the brain by looking at the eye". "While we were able to study diagnosed dementia, there is a great need to also identify patients with mild cognitive impairment as well as undiagnosed dementia".

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