A newly released research using data from the HUNT Study health surveys in Nord-Trndelag found that people who had been married for a long period of time in their midlife had a significantly reduced chance of acquiring dementia in their later years.
Researchers examined individuals’ marital status from 44 to 68 years of age to see whether it predicted later development of dementia or moderate cognitive impairment (MCI) in persons over the age of 70.
The data suggest that the incidence of dementia was lowest among those who remained married throughout the study period.
Divorcees and the unmarried were found to have the greatest rates. It has been hypothesized that the difference in illness risk between singles and those who are married may be accounted for by the fact that married individuals tend to have better lifestyles. There was no evidence from this study that variations in health between married and unmarried adults could account for the observed dementia risk difference.
Approximately 150,000 residents of Nord-Trndelag have agreed to have their health data used in the HUNT study. The researchers utilized this information to examine the relationship between dementia prevalence and a variety of health conditions and risk factors.
Yet, the study’s authors concluded that having children was meaningful and cut the incidence of dementia by 60% among the study’s single participants.
Whether the protective effect against dementia is due to pre-selection, genetics, or anything else, we just don’t know. This suggests that those who are less likely to get dementia are also more likely to settle down with a spouse and have a family.
Scientists are now digging into the links between having kids, certain occupations, and dementia risk, as well as the effects of retirement age.
Dementia is a set of symptoms that may be caused by a number of different illnesses or traumas to the brain. The capacity to remember things and reason clearly declines. Inevitably, life gets to the point where you need help to get through the day. There is presently no medically-available remedy for dementia.