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Slow walking speed may be early sign of Alzheimer’s in older people, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 03 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6506
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Slow walking speed in older people is associated with higher levels of amyloid β in several areas of the brain in those who are at high risk but not yet showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, a study has found,1 showing that slower gait speed may be an early sign of the condition.

The study, published in Neurology, examined cross sectional associations between levels of brain amyloid β, measured by positron emission tomography (PET), and gait speed in 128 elderly people …

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