PTSD may be a risk factor for developing dementia

Written by Alice Bough (Future Science Group)

A research group from University College London (UCL; UK) has identified that individuals who have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at increased risk of developing dementia. The authors of the paper, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, performed a meta-analysis, involving 13 studies conducted around the world, containing data on over 1.5 million people. In data from eight of the studies that used hazard ratios to estimate the impact of PTSD on dementia risk, the authors identified that people with PTSD were at 61% higher risk of developing dementia. From papers that utilized different methods they found that...

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