Are you in your 40s or 50s, and do you regularly suffer from nightmares? Then researchers at the University of Birmingham may have bad news for you, they write in a new study published in the journal eClinicalMedicine. After all, nightmares at that age can be an important indicator of dementia.
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- 22/09/2022 at 10:00
Having a lot of nightmares could be a big indication of dementia. Researchers from the University of Birmingham have concluded this after a study. According to them, nightmares are often very early symptoms of amnesia, which can occur decades before the real illness. According to the researchers, the nightmares are a possible side effect of neurodegeneration in the right frontal lobe, which also increases the risk of dementia.
Can delay disease
The research can help detect dementia in the ‘earliest stages’ in patients. “While more work needs to be done to confirm these links, we believe bad dreams can be a useful way to identify high-risk individuals,” said Dr Abidemi Otaiku, the study’s lead researcher, in an interview with the Daily Mail. . “This would allow doctors to apply strategies to delay the onset of the disease,” he added. In Flanders, according to the most recent figures, an estimated 141,246 people have dementia. It is already known that healthy eating and regular exercise would help prevent dementia.