A recent study completed by Dr. Bennett Landman, the Biomarker Core Co-Leader for the Vanderbilt Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, suggests several health conditions are associated with future dementia. Some conditions were found to begin at least five years before dementia diagnosis.
The study found that the earliest and most consistent associations with Alzheimer’s disease were depression, erectile dysfunction, gait abnormalities, hearing loss, and nervous and musculoskeletal symptoms. An enlarged heart, overactive bladder, non-melanoma skin cancer, and pneumonia were not significant until one year before dementia diagnosis.
Read the full study here.