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7 Risk Factors for Alzheimer's Disease

- Monday, February 11, 2013

Alzheimer's disease does not necessarily just strikes out of the blue. A new study shows that healthy living can help prevent Alzheimer's. The study found seven conditions in particular that account for up to half of the 35 million cases of Alzheimer's disease in the world. The following are the top 7 risk factors for Alzheimer's disease:

7. Diabetes
Problems with blood sugar control kick off the list of modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer's. The study suggests that 3% of Alzheimer's cases in the U.S. are linked to diabetes.

6. Low education
Low education - or simply not using your brain enough - accounts for 7% of Alzheimer's cases in the U.S.

5. Obesity
Are you gaining weight as you age? Midlife obesity accounts for 7% of Alzheimer's cases in the U.S.

4. High blood pressure
How's your blood pressure? Keep it in check - 8% of Alzheimer's cases are linked to mid-life hypertension.

3. Smoking
Need another reason to quit smoking? Smoking accounts for 11% of Alzheimer's cases.

2. Depression
If you are or suspect you may be depressed, it may be time to seek treatment - 15% of Alzheimer's cases may stem from depression.

1. Too little exercise
Not enough physical activity is the number one preventable factor that contributes to Alzheimer's disease. About one third of the U.S. population is sedentary, so the highest risk factor is also dangerously common - time to get up and move.

CBS News