Fractal regulation and incident Alzheimer's disease in elderly individuals

Citation:

Li P, Yu L, Lim ASP, et al. Fractal regulation and incident Alzheimer's disease in elderly individuals. Alzheimer's & Dementia. 2018;14 (9) :1114–1125.

Abstract:

Introduction Healthy physiological systems exhibit fractal regulation (FR), generating similar fluctuation patterns in physiological outputs across different time scales. FR in motor activity is degraded in dementia, and the degradation correlates to cognitive decline. We tested whether degraded FR predicts Alzheimer's dementia. Methods FR in motor activity was assessed in 1097 nondemented older adults at baseline. Cognition was assessed annually for up to 11 years. Results Participants with an FR metric at the 10th percentile in this cohort had a 1.8-fold Alzheimer's disease risk (equivalent to the effect of being ∼5.2 years older) and 1.3-fold risk for mild cognitive impairment (equivalent to the effect of being ∼3.0 years older) than those at the 90th percentile. Consistently, degraded FR predicted faster cognitive decline. These associations were independent of physical activity, sleep fragmentation, and stability of daily activity rhythms. Discussion FR may be a useful tool for predicting Alzheimer's dementia.

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