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Are metabolic causes of dementia preventable?

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Dr. David Utzschneider
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

As a rough estimate about 5% of dementias are treatable/preventable, so screening for things like vitamin deficiencies and untreated hypothyroidism should be done as part of an evaluation of patients with early memory loss.

In brief: Yes.

As a rough estimate about 5% of dementias are treatable/preventable, so screening for things like vitamin deficiencies and untreated hypothyroidism should be done as part of an evaluation of patients with early memory loss.
Dr. David Utzschneider
Dr. David Utzschneider
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Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry

In brief: Yes, but

Are you asking about treatment or prevention & are you thinking of dementia or delirium.
There are relatively few metabolic causes of dementia (b6 or B12 deficiency, electrolyte imbalance, anoxia) and they all begin as delirium, subsequently becoming dementia. Delirium can be treated, preventing dementia.

In brief: Yes, but

Are you asking about treatment or prevention & are you thinking of dementia or delirium.
There are relatively few metabolic causes of dementia (b6 or B12 deficiency, electrolyte imbalance, anoxia) and they all begin as delirium, subsequently becoming dementia. Delirium can be treated, preventing dementia.
Dr. John Hsiao
Dr. John Hsiao
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