With the advent of an aging world, cognitive disorders and Alzheimer’s disease have become a growing problem. These conditions usually occur late in life and affect the patient’s emotional and memory abilities. Although genetic factors may be the leading cause of Alzheimer’s disease, recent studies have also revealed the significant impact of different lifestyles on the disease. By analyzing and summarizing hundreds of lifestyles, the researchers eventually narrowed the risk factors to 19.
Unfortunately, many of these are common diseases that plague humans. While most risk factors can be reversed to some extent, others are hard to avoid.
In the latest study, published in the British Medical Journal and entitled Evidence-Based Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease, the team reviewed data from 153 randomized clinical trials and 243 prospective observations.
The results showed that the top 10 risky developmentfactors that eventually lead to Alzheimer’s disease included low levels of education, low cognitive activity, head trauma, low blood pressure, middle-aged hypertension, poor body mass index, stress, depression, high levels of cysteine, and diabetes.
The inclusion of these risk factors in “A”, meaning that they are most closely linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease and thus become the most interesting issue.
The study also listed nine other “B-level” risk factors, including middle-aged obesity, late-stage weight loss, smoking, atrial fibrillation (AFib), poor vitamin C intake, substandard levels of physical activity, weakness, and cerebrovascular disease.
In summary, the team identified these 19 risk factors as focusing on Alzheimer’s disease researchers. For the average person, it is also possible to improve their lifestyle (quitsmoking and maintain good cardiovascular conditions) to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.