Alzheimer's Disease Causes

(Also Known As: Alzheimers Disease Causes, Alzheimer’s Causes, Alzheimers Causes, Dementia Causes)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Causes Alzheimer’s Disease?

There is a variety of factors that can cause Alzheimer’s disease. These include the following risk factors for the development of the condition:

  • Age
    • The hallmark age of Alzheimer’s disease onset is between 60 and 65. The chances for getting Alzheimer’s doubles every 5 years onwards. By the age of 85 there is already a 50% risk of getting Alzheimer’s.
  • Genetics
    • A strong family history of Alzheimer’s disease increases your chances of getting it. This risk factor is attributed to the two genetic categories namely the “risk genes”, which increase the risk, but do not guarantee the development of Alzheimer’s, and the “deterministic genes”, which guarantee the development of Alzheimer’s. 3
  • Head injury
  • Heart condition
  • Medical conditions involving the brain such as tumors, cysts etc.
  • Heavy consumption of alcohol
  • Chain smoking
  • Other lifestyle factors that promote unhealthy aging

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