Here are some factors to consider that could impact your risk of Alzheimer’s disease


September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day, a day to raise awareness about this devastating disease and its impact on patients, their families and caregivers.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting some 44 million people worldwide.

Alzheimer’s disease may seem to strike randomly, but certain factors can increase or decrease your risk of developing it. We can change some of these factors and some cannot.

Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease, and nearly two-thirds of them are women.

At age 65, one in five women will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels can also increase your risk. These include heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and high cholesterol.

Research also shows that people who use anti-anxiety medications may be at increased risk of dementia. A lack of quality sleep may also play a role.

Harvard researchers found that people who slept less than five hours a night were twice as likely to develop dementia.

Air pollution could be another culprit, as one study found that older people who lived in areas with high concentrations of air pollution were 1.4 times more likely to have dementia than those who lived in areas where the air was clean.

The World Health Organization estimates that smoking may be responsible for 14% of dementia cases worldwide.

New research suggests that older people who have had COVID-19[feminine] may also face a higher risk. They were more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease within a year than those without a documented diagnosis. covid infection.

Researchers say inflammation caused by the virus could be to blame.

“We were a little surprised at how much of an increased risk there was of developing Alzheimer’s disease in such a short time,” said Case Western Reserve researcher Dr. Pamela Davis.

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