Study ties COPD, cognitive impairment

Monday, December 16, 2013

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Patients with COPD are almost twice as likely to develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI), including memory loss, according to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The risk of developing MCI grew the longer a person had COPD, according to the study. “COPD is reversible in early stages, especially in smokers,” said Balwinder Singh, the study’s first author, in a statement. “These findings are important because they highlight the importance of COPD as a potential risk factor for MCI and will hopefully lead to early intervention to prevent incidence or progression.” The Mayo Clinic study examined 2,000 people from 70 to 89 years old.