Higher dementia risk linked to prolonged fertility in women

Written by Sharon Salt, Senior Editor

A population-based study from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) has revealed that women with a longer reproductive period (the years spanning between menarche and menopause) may have an elevated risk for dementia in old age compared with those who were fertile for a shorter duration of time.   The study, which was recently published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia, included 1364 women who were followed between 1968 and 2012 in the Prospective Population-based Study of Women in Gothenburg (PPSW) and the Gothenburg H70 Birth Cohort Studies in Sweden (the H70 studies). The results revealed that in women with a...

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