Did you know that only one in four people with Alzheimer’s has been diagnosed? Unfortunately, it’s not known what exactly causes this terrible disease, but there are studies that show what might contribute to its growth. Here are some triggers that you and your loved ones should avoid.
A study published in Neurology revealed that adults living with depression are 1.5 times more likely to develop some form of Alzheimer’s or dementia. In a similar study, completed by Yale researchers, adults who have negative thoughts about aging see an increase in stress levels. These increased stress levels and negative thoughts are believed to help promote pathological brain changes. Older individuals that live with negative thoughts or depression should seek help from a doctor immediately.
Certain types of prescription drugs have been linked to memory loss diseases. Some of these drugs include certain brands of antihistamines, antidepressants, and antimuscarinics. Research shows that the effects brought on by these drugs are directly correlated to the amount taken. The more you have taken, the higher risk you have of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia. Unfortunately, the effects caused by these drugs might not be reversible once they begin to surface. Always consult a doctor before taking any prescribed or over-the-counter medications.
A common risk factor for Alzheimer’s and dementia is high blood pressure. People who live with high blood pressure tend to have higher levels of lead, and one-fifth of these people have some form of cognitive impairment. A pairing of high blood pressure and high lead levels can cause added stress on the brain. Testing your home’s lead levels should be done, especially for those who live in older houses.
The cause of Alzheimer’s has yet to be discovered, but scientists have linked multiple triggers to increasing your chances of developing this awful disease. If you have a loved one who lives with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or any other disease that needs constant monitoring, consider The Arbors Assisted Living as a community for them to live comfortably in with the proper care they need. For more information, contact one of our five convenient locations: