Let’s take a closer look at the major factors that influence our susceptibility to developing Alzheimer’s:
Age is certainly the biggest risk factor when it comes to developing Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. In fact, most people who suffer from Alzheimer’s are over the age of 65. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the likelihood of developing the disease doubles every five years after age 65. Unfortunately, no one knows for sure what causes the risk to climb so high as we age.
2. Family history
Those who have a family member such as a parent or sibling with Alzheimer’s has a greater risk of developing the disease. This risk increases with the number of family members who have been diagnosed.
Heredity is the third major risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists know that both risk genes and deterministic genes are involved in Alzheimer’s. Risk genes increase the likelihood of developing the disease, while deterministic genes guarantee that the disease will develop. When a person holds deterministic genes, Alzheimer’s symptoms nearly always develop before age 60.
Read more about the risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease on the Alzheimer’s Association website.