“Our findings suggest that obesity is a shared risk factor for FTD [frontotemporal dementia] and AD [Alzheimer’s disease], while smoking plays various roles as a risk factor for FTD”, wrote the researchers.
How is frontotemporal dementia diagnosed?
According to the Alzheimer’s Society (AS), blood tests and a full physical examination are important to rule out other possible causes of symptoms.
“A specialist – normally an old age psychiatrist or neurologist – may think a person has FTD after talking to them and to someone who knows them well.”
According to the health body, the specialist will take a detailed history of the person’s symptoms and ask questions to understand the person’s behaviour and abilities better.