A new study shows a link between a family’s age and death from cardiovascular disease and dementia
The study by University of Alberta researchers shows that an older family’s lower BMI, as well as having lower levels of cholesterol, may also have a link to higher death rates from cardiovascular diseases and dementia.
The study looked at the death rates of 3,631 men and women in Alberta between 1979 and 2015.
It found that for every 1,000 years a man and woman was in their mid-30s, the risk of dying from heart disease or cancer increased by 13 per cent, and the risk from stroke increased by 24 per cent.
“If a person was 60 years old and had a BMI of 40 and a heart attack, they would be almost twice as likely to die,” said Dr. Chris Bresnan, a professor of cardiovascular epidemiology at the University of Calgary.
Bresnan said the link between these two risk factors is “significant.”
“In the last 10 years, the rate of mortality for cardiovascular disease has increased, but for dementia, it’s remained the same,” he said.
He said that the finding may also be relevant for people in the younger age range.
One reason the findings might be relevant is that it may be easier to diagnose cardiovascular disease in people in their late 20s and early 30s.
“It’s not as clear cut as it is for people who are 60,” Bresan said.
“There’s not a lot of evidence that this is a good time to get tested or get screened.”
He said the findings may also help the doctors of those older people who need to be monitored, because they may not have developed the disease themselves.
For example, someone who has Alzheimer’s may not know that their blood pressure is high.
That may also apply to people who have Parkinson’s disease, which is also known as Parkinson’s-related dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease in the general population, he said