A low level of education is associated with an increased risk of developing a dementia disorder, as well as with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
The aim of this study was to investigate the association between education and cardiovascular risk factors, and to study the relation between these factors and cognitive function in elderly men.
Cross-sectional population-based study.
504 men aged 69-74 years, participants in a longitudinal health survey concerning cardiovascular risk factors.
Cognitive function as measured by a composite score of 13 standard psychometric tests.
A low level of education was associated with poorer cognitive performance, as well as with obesity, smoking, diabetes, high concentrations of serum triglycerides and plasma fibrinogen.
In the entire cohort, subjects with obesity, smoking, diabetes or hypertriglyceridaemia showed impaired cognitive test results, independent of socio-economic factors.
When stroke cases were excluded, obesity and smoking were still related to impaired cognitive function.
Smoking and obesity with associated metabolic disturbances are inversely related both to educational level and to cognitive function.
Cognitive decline of vascular origin is potentially preventable by treatment of risk factors. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Cognition, Appareil circulatoire pathologie, Niveau étude, Statut socioéconomique, Facteur risque, Vieillard, Homme, Etude cohorte, Suède, Europe, Epidémiologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Cognition, Cardiovascular disease, Education level, Socioeconomic status, Risk factor, Elderly, Human, Cohort study, Sweden, Europe, Epidemiology
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0043444
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 17/04/1998.