The 9 factors that increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease

by Beatrice Credi - 2015.08.25

Two-thirds of Alzheimer’s cases could be attributed to nine risk factors, University of California researchers revealed.

The 9 risk factors are:

1. Obesity

2. Carotid artery narrowing (narrowing of the two large blood vessels that supply oxygenated blood to the brain)

3. Low educational attainment

4. Depression

5. High blood pressure

6. Frailty

7. Smoking habits

8. High levels of homocysteine (an amino acid)

9. Type 2 diabetes (in the Asian population)

However these risk factors were lowered in people who took statins, female hormone oestrogen, anti-inflammatory drugs and drank coffee, they found. Coffee, folic acid and vitamins C and E were also associated with helping to stave off the disease.

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