Alzheimer’s Disease And Dementia’s Risk Factors Revealed; Stroke Prevention May Decrease Chance Of Memory Loss
According to medical science, Alzheimer’s disease is the cause of 60 to 70 percent cases of dementia. It is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that generally commences slowly and if not treated worsens over time. Doctors believe that the most common early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia includes difficulty in remembering recent events, which is generally called short-term memory loss.
Although it is generally considered that memory loss diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can take place after 60 or 65 years of age, recent studies show that it can even strike people - irrespective of gender, in the 40s or 50s. The notable fact is that there is no exact medication or supplements that decrease the risk.
Despite so much advancement in technology and medical science, no exact cause for memory loss diseases has been determined. However, Alzheimer’s Association has provided some risk factors that are expected to develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
What Are The Factors That Lead To The Conditions?
Age is a factor and one in every nine people above 65 years of age tends to suffer from memory loss diseases and the figure increases to one in every three persons over the age of 85. According to Medical Express, Dr. Vladimir Hachinski (a neurologist at Western University and a scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute in Ontario) has discovered that someone who has had a stroke is twice as likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
One the other hand, the other risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia could be genetic. If the certain mutated genes are anyhow associated with the disease then there is a chance to suffer. And if anyone inherits a copy or even two (copies) of the APOE-e4 (Apolipoprotein E) gene, the risk of suffering doubles.
Cutting Off Of Blood Supply To Main Brain’s Part Can Cause Vascular Dementia
Apart from all these, head injury is one of the most common facts for the memory loss diseases. News Channel 8 reported that vascular dementia mainly takes place when blood supply to main parts of the brain cuts off resulting brain cells and maximum parts of the brain to die. Even minor strokes, infarcts or rupturing of blood vessels in the brain can be the cause of the disease.