Older veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are nearly twice as likely to develop dementia as their peers without PTSD, according to research released today.
Dr. Kristine Yaffe of the University of California, San Francisco, and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and her colleagues followed more than 180,000 veterans aged 55 and older for seven years. All were free from dementia at the study's outset, while about 30 percent had PTSD.
Nearly 11 percent of the vets with PTSD developed dementia during follow-up, compared to only about 7 percent of those who didn't have PTSD.
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