Study Suggests That Height Might Be Associated With Increased Risk Of Dementia

Study Suggests That Height Might Be Associated With Increased Risk Of Dementia
A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry argues that people who are shorter have a higher risk of developing dementia -- an increased risk that is particularly found in men. According to the study's author, being short does not cause dementia, but how tall a person is could impact possible risk factors for dementia. Commenting on these findings, Dr. Doug Brown, Director of Research and Development at the Alzheimer's Society, said in a press release"The data suggests that very short people are at increased risk of dying with dementia. While the study was robust and detailed, because a very small number of people actually had dementia when they died it is very difficult to conclude that height is one of the most important risk factors for dementia."

He went on to note that future research into dementia needs to determine which factors that contribute to a person's height are important to focus on – whether they are related to childhood nutrition or genetic inheritance – and use that information to he

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