‘Possible link between autoimmune disease and dementia’

‘Possible link between autoimmune disease and dementia’

People who suffer from an autoimmune disease, may have more chance of developing dementia.

That conclusion researchers after a large-scale analysis of data from patients in the hospital were included because of an autoimmune disease such as MS or celiac disease. During the period 1998 to 2012 was 1.8 million people of whom their medical data were examined.

It turned out that these people in comparison with other patients 20 percent more likely to dementia, reports the study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.


Of the 25 auto-immune diseases in the analysis included, were eighteen of them have a significant relationship with the probability of dementia. This included among others, Addison’s disease (increased risk of 48%), MS (almost a doubling of the risk) and psoriasis (29 percent). Only in MS was related to dementia significantly more visible in men than in women.

This connection continued after the patient in the hospital was recorded, in many cases for five years or longer significant. The type of dementia was not available for all patients known, but the risk of Alzheimer’s disease proved to be 6 percent higher and this is true for 28 percent in the case of vascular dementia.

The data also showed that patients with rheumatoid arthritis, it is additional protection would develop against the development of Alzheimer’s disease. This might be because they are non-steroidal anti-ontstekingsgeneesmiddelen use, such as aspirin. These medicines have previously been associated with a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Further research must determine whether the findings from this study are indeed correct.

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