5 risk factors of Alzheimer's disease
"Alzheimer's" is the most common type of dementia. This disease affects the memory, learning, feeling, and behavioral expression of patients. Many people may understand that the most important factor of Alzheimer's disease is genetics, but actually, only 5% of all patients generate their diseases from this factor. Therefore, the risk "Alzheimer's Disease" can also come from environment and lifestyle habits. We have summarized 5 important risk factors that cause Alzheimer's disease:
1. Sugar: many studies have found that regular eating sugars, desserts, and white flour cause blood sugar levels rising. Therefore, the body secretes a lot of insulin causing accumulation of "Beta Amyloid" protein in brain. As a result, it eventually leads to Alzheimer's disease. In people who have high blood sugar levels or diabetes, they have a high risk of Alzheimer's disease.
2. The accumulation of toxins or heavy metals in the body, especially mercury, lead, cadmium, and aluminium. Nowadays, we often find these substances contaminated in drinking water, cosmetics, tooth fillings, pesticides, air pollution, and cigarette smoke.
3. Malnutrition, especially vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folic acid. The lack of these 3 nutrients will cause "cysteine hormone" becoming higher. This hormone toxifies to neuron cells and causes endothelial inflammation. This condition increases the risk of not only coronary artery disease but also Alzheimer's disease as well.
4. People with a history of head injuries, having an accident, undergoing brain surgery, having regular minor injuries, or playing sports causing head injuries such as boxing, football, or extreme sports might have brain damage. Moreover, these activities increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
5. Lack of exercise: the studies have shown that the elderly lacking of exercise or usually sitting and lying down prone to have Alzheimer's disease. On the other hand, regular exercise can prevent the occurrence of Alzheimer's disease.
Information by: Dr. Narumon Tongsreeneam
Complied by: Medisci Center