There are a number of risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Some of these potential risks may be reduced by healthy living and the right medical support.
|Age||Age is the biggest risk factor - the older you are, the more likely you are to develop dementia7|
|Genetics||There are three genes associated with inherited early onset Alzheimer's disease and - there are also genes associated with an increased risk of late onset Alzheimer's (i.e. post 65 years)8|
|Lifestyle||There is evidence that mental inactivity, physical inactivity, midlife obesity, alcohol intake and smoking can increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease9|
|Medical conditions||Some treatable medical conditions are associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's, including stroke, diabetes, midlife hypertension, midlife hypercholesterolaemia and depression9|
|Head injury||There is accumulating evidence to suggest that traumatic brain injury can increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's10|
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