Smoking, diabetes linked to dementia risk

By: IANS | London |
Published: June 14, 2018 2:50:13 pm

Are your smoking habits putting you at risk for dementia? A study finds smoking, diabetes increase risk of dementia.(Source: File Photo)

While smoking and diabetes have long been known to increase the risk of cancer and heart disease, researchers have warned that it can clog brain region crucial to memory, increasing the risk for dementia. The findings showed that smoking and diabetes may have link with increased risk of calcification — calcium salt deposits — in hippocampus, a brain structure important for both short- and long-term memory storage. Decline in functions of hippocampus have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia.

“We do think that smoking and diabetes are risk factors,” said lead author Esther J.M. de Brouwer, a…

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