Last year, Medical News Today reported on a study suggesting that elevated inflammationlevels in midlife increased a person's risk of experiencing loss of brain function and developing dementia later in life.
And recently, researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, have conducted a study analyzing data collected from 1,532 participants.
Of these, 61 percent were women and 28 percent were African-American.
Specifically, the team tracked levels of a blood biomarker of inflammation called C-reactive proteinand looked at its relationship with the risk of dementia.
"We found that individuals who had an increase in inflammation during midlife that was maintained from mid- to late life have greater abnormalities in the brain's white matter structure, as measured with MRI scans," says lead researcher Keenan Walker.
Read the full story at Medical News Today.