Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia among older adults; it is also a progressive and irreversible disease that has no known cure. This means that the best hope in Alzheimer’s disease treatment is prevention, which comes from an understanding of the risk factors for this disease. Research related to Alzheimer’s disease is ongoing, and there is more information known about this condition every day. Currently, the most well-known risk factors are those discussed below, but it is important to continue reading the news related to Alzheimer’s to better understand the progression of this devastating disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is incredibly rare in individuals under the age of 65, but the risk rises exponentially after reaching this age. Every five years after the age of 65, a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s doubles. With the fastest growing section of the population in the 85+ range, there may be a spike in Alzheimer’s cases, since these individuals have the highest risk.
The rarer type of Alzheimer’s disease, early-onset, is almost always caused by permanent genetic mutations inherited from one parent. In cases of late-onset Alzheimer’s, genetics may play a role, but the risk is not as clear-cut. Some people carrying risk factor genes may still never have the disease, while those without these genes can still develop Alzheimer’s. This means that those with a family history of late-onset Alzheimer’s are more likely to have the disease, but prevention may still be possible.
Ongoing research has indicated that there is a strong link between physical activity and lasting brain health. Therefore, living a sedentary lifestyle could be putting you at a greater risk for Alzheimer’s in addition to a number of other serious health problems. Mental activity and engagement is important too, since the brain needs to stay active in order to maintain optimal function.
If you are concerned about your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, you can explore more facts about this condition with Riverside Community Hospital. Connect with us on our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3000 to tap into the resources we have to offer.