Causes & Risk Factors: Act Now Foundation Alzheimer’s Awareness

Causes & Risks Factors: While scientists know Alzheimer’s disease involves the progressive failure of brain cells, why this happens is still not known. However, they have identified certain risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s

Age: the greatest know risk factor for Alzheimer’s is increasing age. One out of eight people over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s. Nearly half the people over age 85 have the disease.

Family History and genetics: another risk factory is family history. Research has shown that those who have a parent, brother or sister with Alzheimer’s are two to three times more likely to develop the disease. The risk increases if more thank one member has the illness.

Scientists have identified one gene that increases the risk for Alzheimer’s but does not guarantee an individual will develop the disease. Research has also revealed certain rare genes that virtually guarantee an individual will develop Alzheimer’s. These genes have been found  in only a few hundred extended families worldwide and account for probably fewer than 1 percent of all cases of Alzheimer’s.

Other Risk Factors:

Age, family history and heredity are all risk factors we can’t change. Now, research is beginning to reveal clues about other risk factors we may be able to influence.

There appears to be a strong link between serious head injury and future risk of Alzheimer’s. It’s important to protect your head by buckling your seat belt, wearing you helmet when participating in sports and “fall-proofing” your home.

Some evidence suggests that strategies for general healthy aging may also help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. These measures include controlling blood pressure, weight and cholesterol levels; exercising both body and mind; eating a balanced diet and staying socially active.

Latinos and African-Americans are at particularly  high risk for Type 2 diabetes, which may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientists don’t know yet exactly how Alzheimer’s  and diabetes are connected but they do know that excess blood sugar or insulin can harm the brain in several ways:

*Diabetes raises the risk of heart disease and stroke, which hurt the heart and blood vessels. Damaged blood vessels in the brain may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

*The brain depends on many different chemicals, which may be unbalanced by too much insulin. Some of these changes may help trigger Alzheimer’s disease.

*High blood sugar causes inflammation. This may damage brain cells and help Alzheimer’s develop.

Work with your doctor to detect the first signs of diabetes or other health concerns. Even if you develop diabetes, treating it may help prevent other complications such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Act Now Foundation

830 Bergen Avenue, Suite A

Jersey City, NJ  07306

(201) 721-6721

Disclaimer: This information was taken from the Alzheimer’s Act Now Foundation handout. Please consult with the above number or email them for more information.

 

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About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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One Response to Causes & Risk Factors: Act Now Foundation Alzheimer’s Awareness

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please call the above number for more information.

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