FRIDAY, May 7, 2021 (HealthDay News)
Chronic kidney disease may carry an increased risk of dementia, according to a Swedish study.
In people with chronic kidney disease, the bean-shaped organs gradually lose their ability to filter waste from the blood and eliminate fluids.
“Even a mild reduction in kidney function has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and infections, and there is growing evidence of a relationship between the kidneys and the brain,” said study author Dr. Hong Xu, a postdoctoral researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.
For the study, her team analyzed health data from nearly 330,000 older people in Stockholm. None had dementia or had undergone kidney transplants or dialysis when the study began.
During an average five-year follow-up, 6% were diagnosed with dementia. As kidney function decreased, the rate of dementia increased, the researchers found.
Rates of dementia were more than four times