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New Hope for Fading Memories: Alzheimer's Disease

Author(s): Ronald McNeel DrPH

Alzheimer's Disease Causes: Combination of Genetics and Lifestyle Risk Factors

The causes of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) still are not completely understood. There is probably no single cause, but rather, a combination of factors that can lead to AD, including genetics and lifestyle risks. There is increasing evidence to suggest that some of the risk factors for heart attack and stroke (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and low dietary folic acid-which is part of the vitamin B complex) also may increase the risk of AD. Lack of physical exercise and mental activities also can increase the risk of AD.