Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes Mellitus, and Hypertension in Lewy Body Disease: A Comparison with Other Dementia Disorders

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Background: Research concerning the potential roles of cardiovascular disease (CaVD) and diabetes mellitus (DM) as risk factors for Lewy body disease (LBD) is limited. These disorders are, however, established risk factors for vascular dementia (VaD) and have been proposed as risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of CaVD and DM in LBD and compare the results with previous findings in cases with AD, VaD, and mixed AD-VaD (MD). Methods: Autopsy reports at the Clinical Department of Pathology in Lund from 2001–2018 were analyzed. All cases with a complete neuropathological diagnosis of LBD were selected, not distinguishing between subjects with clinical Parkinson disease dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies, on the condition of a clinical diagnosis of dementia. Clinical data were retrieved through the patients’ medical records and the Swedish National Diabetes Register (NDR) and compared with those of the AD, VaD, and MD cases. Results: In LBD, there was less CaVD, significantly less DM (p = 0.002) and likewise significantly less hypertension (p < 0.001) than in VaD. The results of the LBD group were consistent with the results of the AD group. Conclusion Our findings of a low prevalence of CaVD and CaVD risk factors in LBD and in AD argue against the association between these risk factors and their contribution to the development of neurodegenerative diseases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)851-859
JournalJournal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Clinical Laboratory Medicine

Free keywords

  • Alzheimer’s disease, autopsy, cardiovascular disease, dementia, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, Lewy body disease, risk factors, vascular


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