Insights on the link between kidney damage and cognitive impairment
|Insights on the link between kidney damage and cognitive impairment||Darrell Miller||12/04/16|
December 04, 2016 08:59 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (email@example.com)
Subject: Insights on the link between kidney damage and cognitive impairment
A recent study has found that patients with kidney disease are at a higher risk of having impaired cognitive function. The reason for the connection is unknown. The main indicators of cognitive impairment were increased albuminuria and lowered glomerular filtration rate. When these values got worse in patients, their brain function was found to be more impaired.
- People with kidney disease are at high risk of cognitive impairment, but the nature of this relationship remains uncertain.
- After adjusting for various demographic and clinical characteristics, higher albumin in the urine, which is indicative of poor kidney function, was linked with worse performance on tests of global cognitive function, executive function, memory, and attention.
- Lower estimated glomerular filtration rate, another indicator of poor kidney function, was linked with worse performance on tests of global cognitive function and memory.
"The findings cement the association between kidney damage and cognitive functioning, suggesting that albumin in the urine and changes in brain structure are likely both representations of the same vascular process, just in different organs,"