Form of Anaemia linked to Alzheimer’s

People with Alzheimer’s are more than three times as likely to be anaemic as people who don’t have the degenerative brain disease, according to a Melbourne study.

Researchers led by Professor Ashley Bush at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health studied data from blood tests undergone by Alzheimer’s sufferers, and found lower levels of Haemoglobin, suggesting a higher likelihood of anaemia.

The finding suggests Alzheimer’s may affect parts of the body other than the brain, and that this form of anaemia - which can itself can impair brain function - could be putting further strain on Alzheimer’s sufferers.

Read more at Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health