Covid, the risk of Alzheimer’s increases by 69% in the elderly after contagion

Covid, the risk of Alzheimer’s increases by 69% in the elderly after contagion
Covid, the risk of Alzheimer’s increases by 69% in the elderly after contagion
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For the elderly, getting sick with Covid-19 entails a 69% increased risk of getting Alzheimer’s. This is what one claims study of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland (Usa), published on Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

To investigate the impact of Covid-19 on Alzheimer’s risk, the research team looked at medical records from 6.2 million Americans from age 65 or older without Alzheimer’s, who had received medical treatment between February 2020 and May 2021 (410,748 also for Covid-19). The analysis showed that who had had Covid-19 had a almost 70% higher risk to receive a diagnosis Alzheimer’s disease within 360 days of SarsCoV2 infection.

The increase of the risk it was, moreover, even more pronounced for the over-85s (+ 89%) and for women (+ 82%).

The researchers explained that it is not clear whether Covid-19 represents a new risk factor or if accelerate the development of the diseasealready present in latent form.

An increase in Alzheimer’s diagnoses of this magnitude, if confirmed and as pointed out by the researchers, would have a tremendous impact on health systems and countries.

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(Unioneonline / vl)

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