Studies highlight potential Alzheimer's disease risk factors

14 July 2014

A number of studies announced at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2014 (AAIC) have suggested possible protective behaviours and dementia risk factors.

They found that taking part in activities that promote mental activity and doing moderate exercise in middle age, could help protect against the development of Alzheimer's disease and dementia in later life.

Other research reported at the AAIC 2014 also showed that sleep problems, especially when combined with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), could increase the dementia risk of veterans. 

A study also found that high blood pressure was found to protect against cognitive decline in people over the age of 90. This is surprising as heart problems, such as hypertension, are often thought to increase a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's and other dementias.

"Determining more specifically the factors that raise and lower risk of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias is an essential component in our battle against the Alzheimer's epidemic," said Dr Heather Snyder, Alzheimer's Association director of Medical and Scientific Operations. 

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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