A middle-aged woman with well-functioning lungs runs less risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. A new study carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy in Göteborg, Sweden, shows a strong statistical correlation between lung capacity and dementia.
The findings are presented in the coming issue of the prestigious American journal Neurobiology of Aging.The study is based on the so-called Survey of Women in Göteborg, a population study that has been under way since 1968.
The study covers a total of 1,291 women. These women’s lung capacity was first monitored in 1974 and then in 1980 when the women were in middle age. The monitoring was the repeated several times up to 2000. Of these women, 147 had developed dementia, 96 of them in the form of Alzheimer’s disease.
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