9 Factors You Can Control May Be Key to Alzheimer’s Risk

alzheimers1Alzheimer’s is an incredibly worriesome fate for baby boomers, particularly if they have helped an ailing parent with dementia. Now that our largest generation is becoming our oldest generation, many baby boomers may also be witnessing friends starting to decline. With no cure or sure fire way to prevent dementia, what can we do? There are many chronic conditions that greaten the risk of succumbing to Alzheimer’s, and it is the control and elimination of such conditions that will ultimately reduce the risk. This will give us and our loved ones the best chance. Thanks for visiting us at Advocare of South Florida. We provide geriatric care management throughout the area.  

Up to two-thirds of Alzheimer’s cases worldwide may stem from any of nine conditions that often result from lifestyle choices, a broad research review suggests.

Those include obesity (specifically, high body mass index, an indication of obesity, in midlife); carotid artery disease, in which plaque buildup narrows major neck arteries and slows blood supply to the brain; high blood pressure; depression; being frail; being poorly educated; having high levels of a naturally occurring amino acid known as homocysteine; and (specifically among those of Asian descent) being a smoker and/or having either type 2 diabetes.

The implication: Taking steps to minimize or eliminate such conditions might reduce the long-term risk for developing Alzheimer’s, a brain disorder that affects memory and thinking. It is the most common form of dementia among seniors.

“The current evidence from our study showed that individuals would benefit from [addressing] the related potentially modifiable risk factors,” said study lead author Dr. Jin-Tai Yu, an associate specialist in neurology at the University of California, San Francisco, and senior editor of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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