Kidney dysfunction during early adulthood linked to worse cognitive function in midlife

Takeaway

  • Young adults who have episodes of decline in kidney function are more likely to have worse cognitive performance during midlife.

Why this matters

    Dementia is a devastating disease with a poor prognosis. The observed link between kidney function and cognitive impairment so early in life suggests that preserving kidney function during young adulthood could be a potential strategy for improving cognitive performance in midlife, before full-blown manifestation of dementia.