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25 Feb 2016 13:36

New dementia test predicts your chance of developing the condition using GP records.

As we enjoy longer lives there’s a test we’re all going to have to get used to: it’ll tell you how likely you are to get dementia , without a blood sample or gene mapping.

It’s a simple formula calculated from your age, weight, blood pressure, history of heart disease and the medicines you’re taking, all data your GP has.

Using this information, experts at University College London have ­developed a formula to calculate the risk of someone in their 60s or 70s developing dementia in the next five years.

The risk is expressed as a ‘dementia risk score’.

Data from nearly one million British patients over the course of 12 years was collected to calculate the algorithm that is used to come up with this dementia risk score.


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