Dementia is a degenerative disease that affects people with age, and it is a common disease worldwide.
It is a variety of cognitive and behavioral disorders that include changes in memory, thinking, personality and judgment. These changes affect a person’s ability to continue living normally.
Most cases of dementia are diagnosed in people over 65 years of age. Dementia affects about 50 million people worldwide.
In order to find out the most important causes that lead to dementia, research has come up with different results in recent years that prove that blood type is related to this disease.
According to a study published in the Journal of Medical Neurology, people with blood type AB are 82 percent more likely to have memory problems – which in turn may lead to dementia – compared to other blood types.
“Our study looks at blood type and risk of cognitive impairment, but some studies have shown that factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes increase the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia,” said lead author and researcher Mary Cushman of the University of Vermont School of Medicine.
According to the study, a possible cause of the link between blood type and dementia is a protein called factor VII that helps blood clot.
It was found that people with type AB blood had higher levels of factor VII than those without. High levels of factor VII are associated with an increased risk of dementia.
And to find out the other risks of blood type AB, the newspaper said that people with this type of blood are more likely to develop stomach and pancreatic cancer.
Studies have also found that there are other factors that increase the chance of developing dementia, such as:
A family history of dementia.
Unhealthy lifestyle (poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, obesity).
Cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Decreased social or cognitive engagement.