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Risk Factors for Alzheimer Disease

A risk factor raises your chances of getting a health problem. You can get Alzheimer disease with or without the ones listed here. But the more you have, the greater your chances are of getting it.
AD is more common in people over 65 years of age. It is also more common in people who have a family history of the disease.
People who have these health problems may be at greater risk:
People who have higher education levels are less likely to get the disease. This may be because they are more likely to be active and involved in their social groups.
People with active social lives may be less likely to get the disease than those who are not.


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Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD
  • Review Date: 09/2019
  • Update Date: 10/09/2019
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