A new study published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association reveals findings from researchers who wanted to determine the pervasiveness of ADHD children who develop dementia.
The researchers analyzed data from over 2 million Swedish people born between 1980 and 2001. Of these, almost 3.2% were diagnosed with ADHD. The researchers then linked this population to over 5 million biological kin (parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles) to determine whether they developed dementia as they aged.
The researchers found that:
- Parents of relatives with ADHD were 34% more likely to be diagnosed with dementia than parents of relatives without ADHD in the family.
- The risk of developing Alzheimer’s was 55% greater in the parents of relatives with ADHD.
- Those diagnosed with ADHD had a greater risk of developing parents with early-onset dementia that late-onset.
- Grandparents of relatives with ADHD were at a 10% higher risk of developing dementia in contrast to grandparents of people without ADHD.
While the researchers found significant links, they could not determine a “cause-and-effect relationship.”
In a press release, one of the researchers notes, “Another possible explanation is that ADHD increases the risk of physical health conditions, which in turn leads to increased risk of dementia.”
Read the full study here: https://alz-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/alz.12462
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