- Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia.
Alzheimer’s affects approximately five million people worldwide. Dementia involves a neurological decline in memory and cognition.
- Alzheimer’s and heart disease are linked.
Studies have demonstrated that heart disease can boost a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s. Vascular conditions tied to Alzheimer’s include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
- Women are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s affects women about twice as much as men, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration. One recent study found that Alzheimer’s has faster progression and causes more brain damage in women.
- Education can lower the risk of Alzheimer’s.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the more education a person completes, the lower his or her risk of Alzheimer’s. Moreover, playing an instrument, learning a language, or taking classes in old age can all reduce Alzheimer’s risk.
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