A Study Found That Those Over the Age of 65 Who Used Covid Were 80 Percent More Likely to Acquire Alzheimer’s
A new study finds that people over the age of 65 who have had Covid are 80 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease within a year of being infected.
Those in this age group have been found to be 50 to 80 percent more likely than those who have not had the virus to develop this type of dementia.
According to the findings, the risk of Alzheimer’s disease nearly doubled in the elderly in the year following their diagnosis, from 0.35 percent to 0.68 percent.
The researchers are still unsure whether the coronavirus is causing or hastening the emergence of Alzheimer’s disease.
The researchers examined the anonymized health records of 6.2 million Americans aged 65 and up who received medical treatment between February 2020 and May 2021.
They evaluated data from people who had never been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
The participants were divided into two groups by the researchers. Those who had previously contracted Covid were divided into two groups, while those with no documented cases of the virus were divided into another.
There were over 400,000 people in the Covid group and 5.8 million in the others.
Dr. Pamela Davis, a research professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and study co-author, stated, “The factors involved in the development of Alzheimer’s disease are poorly understood, but two important issues are infections, particularly viral infections, and inflammation.”
“Because Sars-CoV2 infection has been linked to central nervous system abnormalities such as inflammation, we wanted to see if Covid, even in the short term, could lead to more diagnoses.”
“If this increase in new Alzheimer’s diagnoses continues, the surge in patients with disease that is currently not curable will be significant, further straining our long-term care resources,” Dr. Davis added.
“Alzheimer’s disease is a serious and difficult disease, and we thought we had turned the tide by lowering common risk factors like hypertension, heart disease, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle.”
“Now that so many people in the United States have had Covid, the long-term effects of Covid are still being discovered.” It is critical to continue monitoring the disease’s impact on future disability.”
The researchers intend to continue researching Covid’s effects on Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative illnesses.
They also want to target patients who are more vulnerable and identify ways to repurpose FDA-approved medications to treat Covid’s long-term effects.
The findings were published in the Alzheimer’s Journal.