Dr. Maria Norton
Research on prevention strategies have shown promising results for delaying onset of Alzheimer's disease with simple lifestyle changes.
Preventable medical conditions linked to increase risk for AD include:
- high blood pressure
- sedentary lifestyle
- poorly managed diabetes
Several behavioral factors have been associated with risk of developing the disease. These include:
- sleep quality
- social engagement
- cognitive activity
Although there are known genetic factors, current estimates attribute less than 35% of all diagnoses to heredity alone.
Research On Capitol Hill 2016
Hovey, Randi and Dopp, Austin, "Link between cognitive status and motivation to make lifestyle changes to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease: The Gray Matters Study" (2016). Research on Capitol Hill. Paper 39.