Jan 20, 2011

ADHD is Related to Lewy Body Dementia

A study of 360 dementia patients (109 with Lewy Body Dementia and 251 with Alzheimer’s) and 149 healthy patients in Argentina has shown that adults with Attention-Deficit Disorder are three times more likely to develop Lewy Body Dementia.

By Max Wallack
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Lewy Body Dementia is the second most common kind of dementia after Alzheimer’s.

According to the lead author of the study, Dr. Angel Golinstock,
“Our study showed that 48 percent of patients with DLB [Lewy Body Dementia] . . . had previously suffered from adult ADHD. This was more than three times the 15 per cent rate found in both the control group and the group with Alzheimer’s. It is believed that the same neurotransmitter pathway problems are involved in the development of both conditions.”

Dr Golinstock says her research shows,
“There is clearly a common process involved in both illnesses and it appears that ADHD often develops into DLB as the patient ages.”

The entire article can be read here.

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Max Wallack is a student at Boston University Academy. His great grandmother, Gertrude, suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Max is the founder of PUZZLES TO REMEMBER. PTR is a project that provides puzzles to nursing homes and veterans institutions that care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

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