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Top Environmental Risk Factors for Dementia Identified

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  • Alzheimer's currently affects an estimated 5.4 million Americans. By 2050, Alzheimer’s diagnoses are projected to triple
  • Experts have compiled a list of top environmental risk factors thought to be contributing to the epidemic. Vitamin D deficiency, air pollution and occupational pesticide exposure top this list
  • Alzheimer’s shares many risk factors with heart disease. This includes smoking, alcohol use, diabetes, high fasting blood sugar levels, insulin resistance, obesity and high blood pressure

By Dr. Mercola

"Dementia" is an umbrella term covering an array of neurological diseases and conditions that develop when neurons in your brain die or cease to function normally. The death or malfunction of neurons causes changes in memory, behavior and ability to think.


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