Dementia, which is most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease, is a complex group of symptoms that has many potential causes and risk factors. If you recently moved a loved one to a residential care home because of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you may be wondering if you are also at risk as you grow older. Heredity is indeed a risk factor; however, there are many others to consider as well.
Uncontrollable Risk Factors
Uncontrollable risk factors of dementia are those that cannot be mitigated by healthy lifestyle choices and similar initiatives. The most significant risk factor of Alzheimer’s disease is being 65 years or older. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the risk doubles for every five years after the age of 65. An individual who is over 85 has a risk of almost 50 percent. Genetics is another factor. Deterministic genes are those that cause a certain condition or disease, while risk genes are those that raise the risk, yet do not automatically cause it. Alzheimer’s disease is associated with both types of genes.
Manageable Risk Factors
Although uncontrollable risk factors are by far the most significant cause of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, researchers believe that it may be possible to lower your risk via lifestyle choices. While the evidence is not yet conclusive, it is possible that smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, and social isolation increase the risk of Alzheimer’s. Other risk factors may include eating a diet that lacks vegetables and fruits, having poorly controlled diabetes, having high blood pressure, and having high cholesterol.
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