Dutch researchers find no association between living in a ‘mixed-use’ house and Alzheimer’s risk
Dutch researchers have discovered that living in the Netherlands has no association with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
They said their study found no link between the type of home owners or the number of residents living there and the risk of the disease.
The study was conducted by researchers at the National Institute for Public Health and Social Affairs (IPHANS) and the National Health Research Institute (NhRI).
The researchers looked at the data of 6,874 people, who were born in the same year between 1960 and 1979.
They found no association.
The Dutch researchers said the findings should help explain the “mixed use” phenomenon that has been dubbed the “Dutch miracle”.
“The findings suggest that in the context of the Netherlands’ mixed use environment, which has seen a growing number of people moving in, we cannot attribute a causal association to the use of different types of homes,” said the report, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
The researchers found the number and type of homes people lived in did not have any association with the risk for developing Alzheimer`s.
They noted that while the risk was highest in a home with three or more occupants, it was lower in a single-occupancy home.
The risk of dementia was also lower in mixed-use houses with fewer occupants than in a typical home with one occupant.
The findings suggest the Netherlands may be an example of a “mild mixed use” environment that does not have a high risk of Alzheimer`t disease, said the researchers.
The Netherlands has a population of just over 4.3 million people and about 4,400 cases of the condition have been recorded in the country.