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Study shows that resistance to dementia can be in the family

Elderly patients over 75 years were tested C-reactive protein and were interviewed about the problem in close relatives

 
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Persons free of dementia and who have high levels of C-reactive protein (associated with inflammation) also have relatives with the disease less likely. It indicates that the new study conducted at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York (USA).

For the study, the researchers identified 277 men over 75 years and without symptoms of dementia. They were given a test which measures levels of the protein. Then the group was referred to their 1329 parents and siblings have the disease. In total, 40 of 37 families relatives suffering from the disease. A second group of 51 men with 85 years or more, also without symptoms of dementia, was consulted on 202 relatives, nine parents or siblings were evil.

The researchers found that participants who had higher amounts of C-reactive protein were 30% less likely to have relatives with dementia. Similar results were obtained in both groups.

"In very old people with good cognitive ability, the higher levels of C-reactive protein, which is related to inflammation, are associated with better memory," said study author Jeremy Silverman. "Our results indicated that the higher the level of this protein in the study participant, the lower the risk of dementia in their fathers and brothers," he concluded.

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