AAIC 2020: Alzheimer’s risk factors could be measured in adolescents and young adults

Written by Sharon Salt, Senior Editor

Risk factors for Alzheimer’s dementia may be measured as early as our teens and 20s, according to studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC; 27–31 July 2020). These risk factors – many of which are disproportionately apparent in African Americans – include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and social factors such as quality of education. “These new reports from AAIC 2020 show that it’s never too early, or too late, to take action to protect your memory and thinking abilities,” commented Maria Carrillo, Chief Science Officer of the Alzheimer’s Association (IL, USA). Higher risk of dementia observed...

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