Could lithium protect against dementia?

  • A new study concludes that lithium exposure could reduce the risk of dementia in people over the age of 50.
  • Previous studies have shown that lithium disrupts the production of proteins in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The retrospective cohort study also demonstrated that people with mental health conditions who were prescribed lithium had a lower risk of developing dementia.

Written by Hannah Flynn on March 28, 2022

Fact checked by Anna Guildford, Ph.D.

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