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Research Shows That Over Half of Alzheimer's Cases May Be Preventable

BY: Susi Huls
Jul 19, 2011 16:05

Analyzing data from studies around the world involving hundreds of thousands of participants, Deborah Barnes, PhD, a mental health researcher at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, concluded that worldwide, the biggest modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease are, in descending order of magnitude, low education, smoking, physical inactivity, depression, mid-life hypertension, diabetes, and mid-life obesity. These risk factors are associated with 51 percent of Alzheimer’s cases worldwide and up to 54 percent of Alzheimer’s cases in the United States. These conclusions are based on the assumption that there is a causal association between each risk factor and Alzheimer’s disease. If the assumptions are correct, some very simple lifestyle changes could help prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the US and worldwide.


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