Lithium: a Potential Approach to Dementia Risk Reduction? (BBC News / JAMA Psychiatry)


Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered that long term exposure to higher levels of lithium in drinking water appears to be associated with a lower risk of developing dementia. The relationship is non-linear in nature, however, for some unknown reason:

“The highest levels cut risk, but moderate levels were worse than low ones”.

Further research is required to explore the potential benefits (and harms) of lithium microdosing.

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Gallagher, J. (2017). Lithium in tap water may cut dementia. London: BBC Health News, August 24th 2017.

This relates to:

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Kessing, LV. Gerds, TA. [and] Knudsen, NN. [et al] (2017). Association of lithium in drinking water with the incidence of dementia. JAMA Psychiatry. August 23rd 2017. [Epub ahead of print].

Who knew, about the drink 7 Up (pre-1948)? An easily digestible introduction to the many remarkable properties / uses of Lithium (Li):

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Lithium (Li). (Elements series). London [Online]: BBC World Service, July 6th 2017.

Similar epidemiological research by the same team, (i) concerning Bipolar Disorders:

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Kessing, LV. Gerds, TA. [and] Knudsen, NN. [et al] (2017). Lithium in drinking water and the incidence of bipolar disorder: a nation-wide population-based study. Bipolar Disorders. July 17th 2017. [Epub ahead of print].

(ii) concerning the incidence of suicide:

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Knudsen, NN. Schullehner, J. [and] Hansen, B. [et al] (2017). Lithium in drinking water and incidence of suicide: a nationwide individual-level cohort study with 22 years of follow-up. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. June 10th 2017; 14(6), E627.

Possibly of interest:

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Mukku, SSR. Sivakumar, PT. [and] Varghese, M. (2017). Challenges with lithium use in geriatric patients. Journal of Geriatric Care and Research (JGCR). 2017, 4(2), 39-43.

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