Oct 19, 2016

Thyroid function and the risk of dementia: The Rotterdam Study

Layal ChakerM Arfan Ikram


To study the role of thyroid function in dementia, cognitive function, and subclinical vascular brain disease with MRI. Analyses were performed within the Rotterdam Study (baseline 1997), a prospective, population-based cohort. We evaluated the association of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and free thyroxine with incident dementia using Cox models adjusted for age, sex, cardiovascular risk factors, and education. Absolute risks were calculated accounting for death as a competing risk factor. Associations of thyroid function with cognitive test scores and subclinical vascular brain disease (white matter lesions, lacunes, and microbleeds) were assessed with linear or logistic regression. Additionally, we stratified by sex and restricted analyses to normal thyroid function. We included 9,446 participants with a mean age of 65 years. During follow-up (mean 8.0 years), 601 participants had developed dementia. Higher TSH was associated with lower dementia risk in both the full and normal ranges of thyroid function (hazard ratio [HR] 0.90, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.83-0.98; and HR 0.76, 95% CI 0.64-0.91, respectively). This association was independent of cardiovascular risk factors. Dementia risk was higher in individuals with...Continue Reading

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Prevalence Studies
Senile Paranoid Dementia
Biochemical Pathway
Brain Diseases
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Blood Vessel
Cessation of Life

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