Reported in MedPage Today on July 31, 2013, a recent community-based study reveals that low hemoglobin levels in older adults predicts a long-term risk of developing dementia.  Seniors with anemia at baseline had a 64% higher likelihood of incident dementia during 11 years of follow-up, Kristine Yaffe, MD, (a Beeson Scholar) of the University of California San Francisco and the VA Medical Center there, and colleagues found.

Reported in MedPage Today on July 31, 2013, a recent community-based study reveals that low hemoglobin levels in older adults predicts a long-term risk of developing dementia.  Seniors with anemia at baseline had a 64% higher likelihood of incident dementia during 11 years of follow-up, Kristine Yaffe, MD, (a Beeson Scholar) of the University of California San Francisco and the VA Medical Center there, and colleagues found.  The researchers noted that the implications of these findings for dementia prevention are not clear and suggested mechanistic research to determine whether prevention should target hemoglobin levels or general health status.

Read the full article in MedPage Today here.