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Smoking Is Major Factor in Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's Disease Prevention

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  • Approximately 7.7 million new cases of dementia are identified every year, amounting to one new case diagnosed every four seconds
  • A recent WHO report concluded smokers have a 45 percent higher risk of developing dementia than non-smokers; 14 percent of all Alzheimer’s cases worldwide may be attributed to smoking
  • Smoking is thought to cause dementia by the same mechanisms as its contribution to coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, and stroke
  • Several studies now suggest that exposure to secondhand smoke, and possibly even smokeless tobacco, may raise your dementia risk
  • Strategies are given for preventing dementia, as well as an approach to quitting smoking that raises your chances for success

By Dr. Mercola

Alzheimer's disease, a severe form of dementia, affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans, according to 2013 statistics. Approximately 7.7 million new cases of dementia are identified every year—which amounts to one new case every four seconds.


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