Nov 6, 2009

Alzheimer's Disease Common in Children of Alzheimer's Patients

Our study shows that high blood pressure and an innate pro-inflammatory cytokine response in middle age significantly contributers to Alzheimer's disease.

As these risk factors cluster in families, it is important to realize that early interventions could prevent late-onset Alzheimer's disease.

One could argue for a high-risk prevention strategy by identifying the offspring of patients with Alzheimer's disease, screening them for hypertension and vascular factors and implementing various non-pharmacological health measures.
Source Vascular Factors and Markers of Inflammation in Offspring With a Parental History of Late-Onset Alzheimer Disease -- Archives of General Psychiatry

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The APOEε4 genotype was more common among the offspring who had a parent with Alzheimer's disease (47 percent) than among the offspring with no parent with the disease (21 percent). The offspring of a parent with Alzheimer's disease also had higher systolic and diastolic blood pressures and lower ankle brachial indices than an offspring without a parent with the disease.

This dovetails with my previous articles on --Worried About Alzheimer's?
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) causes build-up of beta-amyloid in the brain. Beta-amyloid is a central component of the senile plaque in the brains of Alzheimer's patients, and its toxicity against brain cells is believed to be a prime cause of Alzheimer's.
  • High cholesterol in your 40s increases the odds of contracting Alzheimer's--by 50 percent.
  • There are at least 18 research studies showing that exercise can improve memory in people suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

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