Alzheimer’s disease risk factors

The NHS highlights other known risk factors that could increase a person’s likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease – the most common form of dementia.

Certain risk factors can not be modified; for example, the probability of developing Alzheimer’s disease after the age of 65 doubles every five years.

Other modifiable risk factors include several conditions, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular disease.

Habitual risks for Alzheimer’s disease include smoking and leading a sedentary lifestyle, which can lead to obesity.

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