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Nine adolescent risk factors linked to young onset dementia
Nine adolescent risk factors linked to young onset dementia (August 13, 2013 - Insidermedicine) From Sweden - A new report published in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that 9 risk factors from adolescence associated with young-onset dementia. Researchers studied nearly 500,000 Swedish men conscripted for military service between 1969 and 1979. Participants had an average age of 18 at the time their service began and were followed for a median of 37 years. During the study, nearly 500 men developed young-onset dementia (before the age of 65). Results showed that there were 9 significant risk factors for young-onset dementia: alcohol intoxication, stroke, antipsychotic use, depression, father's dementa, drug intoxication, low cognitive function at 18, low height at 18, and high systolic blood pressure at 18. Taken together, these factors accounted for 68% of the cases of young-onset dementia.
 
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