Alzheimer's disease and prevention

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There are a number of suspected causes for Alzheimer's disease.[1] According to the Mayo Clinic, researchers believe for most people suffering from the disease, genetics, lifestyle, gender and environmental factors are possible contributors.[1]

After the age of 65, the chance of developing the disease double every five years. The Mayo Clinic reported that almost fifty percent of those people who are 85 years or older are affected.[2]

Lifelong learning and social engagement

The Mayo Clinic states that studies suggest that people who keep mentally and socially active during their lives may decrease their chances of developing Alzheimer's disease. Having a higher education, challenging employment, a mentally-stimulating hobby and an active social life may help reduce the risks. The connection hasn't been explained yet, but it may be because the brain develops more "cell-to-cell connections", thus reducing the impact of Alzheimer's damage.[2]

See also

Recommended books

  • Your Miracle Brain: Dramatic New Scientific Evidence Reveals How You Can Use Food and Supplements To: Maximize Your Brainpower, Boost Your Memory, Lift Your Mood, Improve Your IQ and Creativity, Prevent and Reverse Mental Aging by Jean Carper, Harper Paperbacks, 2001 ISBN 0060183918

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Alzheimer's disease - causes, Mayo Clinic
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alzheimer's disease: risk factors, retrieved September 11, 2011