Am I at Risk?

Am I at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease?

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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