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Veterans Who Suffer Traumatic Brain Injury Also More Likely to Develop Dementia

Veterans who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are more likely to be diagnosed with dementia, and at an earlier age, Reuters reports. The findings are based on a study in Neurology that examined the medical records of 188,000 veterans who had gone a medical evaluation between 2000 and 2003, 1,229 of whom had suffered a TBI. “Between 2003 and 2012, 196 of those with a history of TBI developed dementia, or 16 percent, compared to 18,255 of the veterans without TBI, or 10 percent,” and those with a TBI developed dementia an average of 2 years earlier than those without a TBI. Experts say that veterans can lower their risk of dementia by seeking physical and mental counseling, controlling their blood pressure or diabetes and getting treatment for PTSD.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study in Neurology.