8 Alzheimer’s Disease Risk Factors

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder that affects brain functions. It commonly disrupts people’s ability to remember. They start to forget conversations, events, and names of familiar people and places. At the late stage, they need more assistance because they cannot function independently. They need more attention and help with their daily activities such as eating, bathing, and dressing. 

Researchers cannot really identify the causes of Alzheimer’s disease but they found common risk factors that can lead to it. It is better to be aware of and prevent these risk factors to reduce the chances of an Alzheimer’s attack.

1. AGE

As we get older, there is a higher risk of having Alzheimer’s. It commonly develops in people over age 65.

2. GENDER

Women have higher chances of developing Alzheimer’s than men since women typically live longer than men. 

3. Genes / Family History

Researchers found out that there is a higher risk of having Alzheimer’s if you have family members who had this condition. Apolipoprotein E-e4 (APOE-E4) is the commonly correlated gene that was linked to Alzheimer’s and significantly increases your risk. 

4. Head Injury

Having serious head trauma that involves losing consciousness and frequent head injuries increases the risk of Alzheimer’s. It is common in people engaged in contact sports. 

5. High Blood Pressure 

Researchers have found a strong chance of having Alzheimer’s if you have high blood pressure at your middle age. 

6. Lack Of Physical Activities 

Exercising during your middle age at least twice a week may help lower the risk because it promotes good blood circulation to your organs, especially your brain.  

7. Lack Of Mental Activity

Mental activities keep your cognitive functions healthy. It is better to choose activities that challenge your mental capabilities. 

8. Poor Nutrition

The well-nourished body plays an important role in preventing diseases. People who have a low intake of fruits and vegetables have a higher chance of developing Alzheimer’s. 

Early diagnosis of any diseases is very important. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, early diagnosis can help to manage symptoms and slows down the progression.

Written by Stuart Bold
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