Washington: Even a mild retinopathy in women who are 65 or older could be a marker of cognitive decline and related vascular changes in the brain, according to a research.The findings of the the multi-institutional study, led by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, suggest that a relatively simple eye screening could serve as an indicator for cognitive changes related to vascular disease, allowing for early diagnosis and treatment, potentially reducing the progression of cognitive impairment to dementia.As retinopathy, a disease of blood vessels in the retina, usually is caused by Type II diabetes or hypertension, a diagnosis could indicate early stages of these diseases, before they are clinically detectable. Early diagnosis could allow for lifestyle or drug interventions when they might be most effective.“Lots of people who are pre-diabetic or pre-hypertensive develop retinopathy,” said the lead author of the study, Mary Haan, DrPH, MPH, UCSF professor of epidemiology and biostatistics.“Early intervention might reduce the progression to full onset diabetes or hypertension,” she said.The results were based on data from the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study and the Site Examination study, two ancillary studies of the Women’s Health Initiative Clinical Trial of Hormone Therapy.
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