5 Signs of Alzheimer’s
Most of us know at least one person who's living with Alzheimer’s. In all, more than five million Americans have it, and doctors diagnose a new case every 70 seconds. Could you or someone you know be next? Here are five warning signs of Alzheimer’s, as we put your memory to the test. Here are the red flags. First, do you ask the same question over and over again? Do you put things in unusual places? Do you struggle remembering the words you want to say? Warning sign number four, genetics. The National Institutes of Health report you have a 40 to 60 percent increased risk of Alzheimer’s if your parents have it. And number five: if you suffer from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol – you have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s. All of these affect blood supply and reduce oxygenation to the brain. “Don’t overeat. If you're carrying around too much weight, you're at increased risk of high blood pressure and diabetes which are weight related illnesses that can affect your memory.” Stress and fatigue are the main causes of temporary memory pauses in adults under 60. It's been proven in mice and humans, the more stress you're under, the less memory cells you have.