Study finds arthritis, hearing link to Alzheimer's

July 15, 2011 2:51:30 PM PDT
Doctors take a number of health factors into consideration when assessing risk for Alzheimer's disease. A new study questions whether that list should be longer.

Aging is probably the greatest risk factor.

Other better known risks include diabetes, cholesterol and physical and mental fitness.

But the study in the journal Neurology finds other health issues that may also be associated with dementia.

Those include:

Arthritis, trouble seeing, or hearing, chest, or skin problems, sinus trouble broken bones, even denture fit.

More research is needed to confirm that these non-traditional issues do in fact have a true link.