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DEMENTIA CONSENSUS

AN NIH CONSENSUS PANEL HAS IDENTIFIED DEFINITE RISK FACTORS FOR ALZHIEMER’S DISEASE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

The fear of developing Alzheimer’s disease seems nearly universal, but what does medical research really know about the subject?  The National Institutes of Health convened experts recently in a consensus conference and identified risk factors known to increase one’s chances of developing Alzheimer’s.  Redonda Miller, an internal medicine expert at Johns Hopkins, explains.

MILLER:  The consensus conference group went through the literature and found some factors that are clearly related to an increased risk of Alzheimer disease.  Number one is genetics, for instance we know if you have the apolipoprotein E variation you are at increased risk.  Chronic diseases: diabetes, high cholesterol, depression, put you at increased risk for dementia.  Whether it’s true Alzheimer’s or vascular dementia is hard to know but it does put you at risk.  Smoking, and low social support.  :32

At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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