Nearly 6 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and every 65 seconds, someone new develops the condition (alz.org, 2019). The disease causes a nonstop decline in thinking ability, behavioral capacity, and social skills. Not a lot is known about what causes the condition, but the following factors have been proven to increase its risk:
Studies indicate that genetic mutation has some bearing on early-onset and late-onset Alzheimer’s. For people that develop the disease early, 1 of 3 genes inherited from a parent may be responsible. While no known genes have been found to cause late-onset Alzheimer’s, some mutations increase/reduce risk.
By living a healthier life and taking better care of your heart, you reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s. If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, you need to manage them properly.
While research into if (or how) head trauma increases the risk of Alzheimer’s is still ongoing, preliminary results show that there may be a connection. Protect your head; if your job has a high risk of head injuries, wear a helmet.
The WHO suggests that smoking cigarettes may be directly connected to Alzheimer’s. Something about compromising the vessels that transport blood around the body and the brain. It is important to also note that smoking is directly linked to heart diseases, which is linked to Alzheimer’s.
Age is the biggest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Majority of the 5.8 million Americans that suffer from the disease are 65 years and older. And per the National Institute of Aging, once a person clocks 65 years, every 5 years afterward, their chances of developing Alzheimer’s increases by 100% (NIA).
Good food, regular exercise, and an active social life have all been said to decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Do more of these and less of cigarette smoking and activities that cause head trauma/endanger your heart.
For all your health management and primary care needs in the Greater Houston Area, visit one of the many PCP for Life facilities in the region. Call 281-968-4096 for inquiries.