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Health Conditions That Can Increase Your Chances of Getting Alzheimer’s

Elder Care in West Memorial TX: Health Conditions That Can Increase Your Chances of Getting Alzheimer's

Elder Care in West Memorial TX: Health Conditions That Can Increase Your Chances of Getting Alzheimer’s

By the end of 2017, over 5 million men and women will have Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that a new case develops about once a minute. Some conditions increase your risk of getting Alzheimer’s. There’s no cure, so it’s important to know what can be done to lower your chances.

Diabetes

There’s been plenty of research going into the thought that Alzheimer’s disease is a new type of diabetes. Studies have found that the APOE4 gene that’s present in more than half of Alzheimer’s cases may be interfering with how brain cells use insulin. Without insulin, the brain cells die.

Having type 2 diabetes increases your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. People with prediabetes should take steps, such as losing weight and getting more exercise, to try to eliminate the chances of it becoming diabetes.

Down Syndrome

While researchers have not found a conclusive reason, 3 out of 4 adults with down syndrome develop Alzheimer’s disease. That’s a risk of six times higher. As the average age of someone with down syndrome is around 60 years, according to Alz.org, many people with down syndrome develop early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Sleep Apnea

In 2017, a study released during the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference discussed the increased risk of Alzheimer’s when you have sleep apnea. Information within the study found that men and women with sleep apnea often had higher levels of beta-amyloid plaques. It’s believed that the lowered oxygen levels may be to blame.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Three decades of studies have looked at traumatic brain injuries and increased risk of Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s after moderate brain injury is just over 2 times higher. If there’s a history of severe brain injury, the risk is 4.5 times higher.

One thing is certain. When your mom or dad has Alzheimer’s, you’re not going to easily manage their care by yourself. It’s stressful and draining. If you try to do it without help, your physical and mental health may be impacted.

Do yourself a favor. You’re not helpful to your parent if you’re stressed and exhausted. Take a look at the many elder care services available to your mom and dad. You’ll be able to take breaks and return to your parent in a better frame of mind. Call an elder care agency to learn more.

Sources:
https://www.alz.org/facts/gclid=CjwKCAiArrrQBRBbEiwAH_6sNH_lI93MDhwpskmPBS1zPauRPAY7liGyPi3XAkIJerF69R8pGD2poxoCMfcQAvD_BwE

https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/researchers-link-alzheimers-gene-to-type-iii-diabetes/

https://www.alz.org/dementia/downloads/topicsheet_downsyndrome.pdf

https://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-2017/sleep-apnea-dementia-risk-fd.html

https://www.alz.org/dementia/traumatic-brain-injury-head-trauma-symptoms.asp

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in West Memorial, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.

Donna Wrabel, LMSW

For most of us, the word "home" evokes warm feelings of comfort, security and well-being. For older adults, home also means holding tight to cherished memories and maintaining self-esteem and independence. When illness, injury or age make life a little more challenging, remaining at home in a comfortable, familiar environment encourages recovery and enhances the quality of life. Home can be defined as a private residence, an independent or assisted living facility or even a short term stay in the hospital, we recognize the additional benefits provided by a personal, professional assistant.

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