Lifelong Marriage Associated With Lower Risk Of Dementia, Study Finds

  • The causes of dementia are still unknown, and researchers have found a number of factors that can influence a person’s risk of developing the disease.
  • Such factors were necessarily accounted for in this study.
  • At the study’s conclusion, authors “estimate that, had all participants been continuously married (and shared the same underlying somatic and mental health plus social characteristics of those who marry), 6% of the dementia cases in our study would not have occurred. This is a considerable reduction and is equivalent to the proportion of dementia cases accounted for by smoking and obesity combined, as reported by the Lancet dementia commission in 2020.”
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