By Dr. Mercola
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),1 an estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the incidence of which increases as you age and doubles every five years beyond age 65. The National Institute on Aging2,3 suggests Alzheimer’s is the third leading cause of death for older people, falling behind heart disease and cancer. Currently, there is no cure for this irreversible, progressive brain condition.
Due to the seriousness of Alzheimer’s, you’d be wise to proactively address any areas that may be putting you at risk for developing the disease. I’d like to discuss several lifestyle factors that have been linked to this condition, as well as share some healthy prevention tips, in hopes you will take action now to ensure you or someone you love will not become an Alzheimer’s statistic. First, let’s take a look at some genetic links to the disease and recent news on gene research.
The Genetic Links to Alzheimer’s Disease
In the featured video, Dr. Dale Bredesen, director of neurodegenerative disease research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, and author of “The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline,” suggests Alzheimer’s is a trillion-dollar global health problem that strikes about 15 percent of the population, making it incredibly common.
He goes on to assert you have the pathophysiology of the disease for about 20 years before the diagnosis is made. By age 85, says Bredesen, nearly half of all people are affected by Alzheimer’s. Bredesen’s breakthrough program is known as ReCODE and later in this article I’ll share more about how it can effectively help…