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What causes Alzheimer’s disease?
Scientists now believe that for most people, Alzheimer’s disease results from a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that affect the brain over time (Mayo Clinic Library).
Family history and the APOE-e4 gene are all known risk factors. However, research is beginning to reveal clues about these and other risk factors we may be able to influence through lifestyle modifications and effective management of these risk factors.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the same causes that put us at risk of heart disease may also increase our chances of develop Alzheimer’s disease. Examples include:
- Sedentary lifestyle and lack of physical exercise
- Sleep disorders including sleep deprivation, snoring, sleep apnea and insomnia
- Poorly controlled diabetes
- High blood pressure and high pulse pressure
- Elevated homocysteine levels
- Diet high in sugar and simple carbohydrates
- Excessive consumption of soda and high fructose drinks
- Diet deficient in Omega-3 fatty acids
- Diet lacking in fruits and vegetables
- Diet deficient in foods contain Vitamin B6 and B12