Dementia: Parents of children with ADHD have a 34 percent higher risk of developing a condition

Dementia is a devastating disease that affects the brain and causes a range of physical and mental symptoms. With 200 recognized subtypes of dementia, it is estimated that over 850,000 people in the UK are living with one form of the condition. A new study has found that parents of children with ADHD may be at increased risk of developing the brain degenerative disorder.

Parents and grandparents of people with ADHD have a higher risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia than people without ADHD in their family, a new Swedish study finds.

It found that specifically parents of a child with ADHD have a 34 percent higher risk of dementia and 55 percent higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Grandparents were found to have an 11 percent increased risk of both conditions.

“ADHD has been associated with dementia from generation to generation,” said lead researcher Le Zhang of the Karolinska Institute’s Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Stockholm.

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“Our study focuses on advancing the understanding of ADHD and cognitive decline in old age.”

However, it’s unclear what could link the two conditions, the researchers noted.

The largest genetic studies of ADHD and dementia to date “have found no common genetic variant,” explains Ms. Zhang.

But she added that “there have been studies suggesting that certain genes may be involved in both ADHD and dementia.”

NOT MISSING

Studies show that the risk of dementia is lowest in people who exhibit healthy behaviors in middle age (40-65 years).

These behaviors include:

Regular mental, physical and social activity No smoking Drink alcohol only in moderation Maintain a healthy diet Reading and writing habits.

Source: | This article first appeared on Express.co.uk

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