Where you live in case of Alzheimer’s disease risk.
Scientists and medical researchers know that advanced age and certain changes in the brain increase the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Now they are looking at what role they can play.
An emerging body of research is identifying counties and neighborhoods with greater prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease, which affects 5.8 million people and is the sixth leading cause of death among US researchers in the field of aging. Trying to find out if these places have anything in common? Risk factors are associated with Alzheimer’s and may be reduced if any of those risk factors.
These researchers have sorted through government and medical data to find areas with high and low prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease. The data show, among other things, that overall prevalence is much more concentrated in southeast and Gulf Coast states, such as Florida and Texas, compared with western states, such as Colorado and Arizona.
Such research is in its early stages and there are many questions as to why a place may have a high rate of Alzheimer’s disease. None of the studies claimed that living in a certain location caused Alzheimer’s, but researchers saw it as potentially helpful in finding new ways to fight the disease.