Study: Traffic Noise May Increase the Risk of Dementia

In a new study from Denmark, researchers found that regular exposure to traffic noise may increase the risk of developing all-cause dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease in particular.Study Traffic Noise May Increase the Risk of Dementia

The current study included almost 2 million adults, aged 60 years and over, who lived in Denmark between 2004 and 2017. The scientists examined exposure to road traffic and railway noise for all participants’ residential addresses and taking into consideration the buildings’ most and least exposed sides.

The researchers used high-quality national health registers of Denmark to find cases of all-cause dementia and other types of dementia reported during the period of 8.5 years. These conditions included Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.

The analysis of the gathered data showed that over 103,000 new cases of dementia occurred during this period, and noise from road traffic and railways is associated with a higher risk of all forms of dementia.

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