Alzheimer’s: Are You at Greater Risk?
August 11, 2012
One of the most frightening prospects of getting older is the prospect of losing one’s mind. Some of us are just naturally at greater risk for dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease because of genetic predisposition beyond our control. But some of us are at greater risk because of factors that we can control. UT Health’s nurse practitioner and gerentology specialist, Billie Huff, talks about Alzheimer’s and dementia in this post to HealthConnection.
- What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?
- What are the risk factors for developing dementia or Alzheimer’s that can’t be changed?
- What about factors that we can do something about now to reduce the risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s?
- There is a new study that links diabetes with a significantly higher risk for all types of dementia. What can you tell us about this study?
- Why would things such as high cholesterol and atherosclerosis increase the risk for dementia?
- What is the connection between Homocysteine blood levels and dementia? Explain Homocysteine blood levels.
- What effect does smoking and alcohol use have on the risk for developing dementia?
- What about other risk factors such as high blood pressure, depression and high levels of estrogen?
- Are there any promising treatments on the horizon for dementia?