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What’s Your Risk? 5 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts

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By 2050, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease is projected to rise to 14 million.

How much do you know about your brain health? According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.8 million Americans are living with this disease. Did you know that women are more likely to get Alzheimer’s disease than men? In fact, almost two-thirds of people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s are women. Learn more Alzheimer’s disease facts to understand this condition.

What’s Your Risk?

The cause of this disease is unknown. Two factors play a key role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, plaque and neurofibrillary tangles.

  • Plaque – abnormal deposits of beta amyloid in different areas of the brain
  • Neurofibillary tangles – twisted fibers within the nerve cells

Learn about these Alzheimer’s disease facts and other factors that may affect your risk of developing this disease.

Fact: Alzheimer’s disease can develop before 65 years old.

Nearly 5% of the more than five million Americans with Alzheimer’s develop the disease before age 65, referred to as early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Fact: Women are more likely to get Alzheimer’s disease than breast cancer.

Women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s during their lifetime as they are to develop breast cancer. At this age, a woman’s estimated lifetime risk for getting Alzheimer’s is 1 in 6, but her risk of developing breast cancer is 1 in 11.

Fact: If you live a heart-healthy lifestyle, you may be able to lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

When you have cardiovascular disease, you may also develop blockages that limit blood supply to the brain. This can increase your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. By living a heart-healthy lifestyle, such as maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy and exercising, you not only benefit your heart but also help to keep your brain healthier.

Loved One Showing Symptoms?

Early symptoms start with memory lapses and continues to get worse. If you notice mental loss or personality changes, schedule an appointment with our neurologists for the next recommended steps.

Fact: Previous head injuries can increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Serious head injuries, such as concussions, can increase your risk. The more head traumas you have and the more serious they are, the more it can affect your risk.

Fact: This is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Memory-enhancing medications may slow down the progression of the disease in some people, but there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. today. It is the only cause of death in the top 10 that cannot be prevented or cured.

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