Anemia may put people at higher risk for dementia

People who have been diagnosed with anemia have a nearly 41 percent higher risk for developing dementia than those who are not anemic, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology.

Anemia is fairly common among older adults, with up to 23 percent of people over the age of 65 developing the condition. Anemia is characterized by low levels of hemoglobin, or red blood cells, and it often causes fatigue, shortness of breath or heart problems.

Due to the prevalence of both anemia and dementia in the elderly population, study author Dr. Kristine Yaffe, of the University of California, San Francisco, was interested in exploring a potential connection between the two conditions.

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