What Common Factors Are in Half Of Alzheimer Cases?

Yosef MeystelThere are many, many studies out there that try to convince us of what can contribute to Alzheimer’s and what doesn’t. One source says that red wine helps decrease the chances, other sources say that’s not true.

While we cannot pinpoint what causes Alzheimer’s, we can see what common factors are in just about half of Alzheimer cases.

At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2011, scientists were able to use a mathematic model to calculate the percentage of Alzheimer cases that may attribute to certain factors. It is important to note, that this is an observation and has not been proven.

The researches found that around half of the Alzheimer’s cases could be associated with modifiable risk factors. These seven factors contribute to as many as 3 million Alzheimer’s cases in theU.S. and 17 million cases worldwide.

The researchers reported on seven risk factors, specifically in the U.S., and those risk factors included:

  1. Physical inactivity (21 percent)
  2. Depression (15 percent)
  3. Smoking (11 percent)
  4. Mid-life hypertension (8 percent)
  5. Mid-life obesity (7 percent)
  6. Low education (7 percent)
  7. Diabetes (3 percent)

While this is a broad spectrum, it is things we should be working on anyways for our overall health.

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