A new study by researchers at the University of Cambridge indicates that it may be possible to detect dementia in a patient almost a decade before it is diagnosed.
The results are now helping to screen at-risk patients who qualify for early medical treatment to reduce their risk of dementia. Additionally, new treatments have the potential to become more widely available for clinical trials.
The study was published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. The researchers used information from the UK Biobank database to look for dementia-related impairments, including problem solving and number recall.
“When we looked at the patients’ histories, it became clear that they had cognitive impairment for several years before their symptoms became obvious enough to trigger a diagnosis,” said study author Nol Swaddiwudhipong. in a statement to Bloomberg.
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“Impairments were often subtle, but across a number of aspects of cognition,” Swaddiwudhipon added. “It’s a step forward for us to be able to screen those most at risk – for example, people over 50 or those with high blood pressure or not getting enough exercise. – and to intervene at an earlier stage to help them reduce their risk.”
The database the Cambridge researchers relied on also contained information on memory, reaction times, grip strength, weight loss and number of falls. Therefore, the researchers were able to determine if there were signs of dementia based on when the data was first collected, around five to nine years before they were diagnosed.
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Some of the trends and signs the researchers found were that those most likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease were more likely to have fallen within 12 months of being fully diagnosed.
Additionally, patients who developed the disease had problems with problem solving, reaction time, prospective memory, and pair matching. For each condition analyzed by scientists, poor health was always reported, sometimes years before diagnosis.
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