Risk Factors for Alzheimers Disease
- Head injury —there are some studies that suggest that people who suffered a serious, traumatic head injury at some time in their lives may be at higher risk of developing Alzheimers disease
- Vascular risk factors. These may be associated with an increased risk of Alzheimers disease
- Down syndrome —nearly all people with Down syndrome who live to be age 40 or older develop Alzheimers disease
- High cholesterol and high blood pressure
- Vitamin B12 deficiency —low levels of the vitamin B12 and folate have been linked to a development of Alzheimers disease
- Depression and anxiety
- Overweight or obese
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