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Research highlights importance of good sleep for prevention of Alzheimer’s

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Between 1999 and 2014, the death rate for Alzheimer’s disease increased by 55 percent; as of 2014, the annual death toll from Alzheimer’s is thought to be well over half a million
  • While genetic factors can raise your risk, Alzheimer’s is largely preventable through healthy lifestyle strategies; anything that promotes insulin resistance will ultimately raise your risk of Alzheimer’s
  • Studies have found strong links between poor sleep and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s, and, while rarely discussed, your exposure to sunlight and artificial electromagnetic fields also play an important role, as these exposures affect both sleep and brain function

Alzheimer's disease, a severe and lethal form of dementia, affects over 5 million Americans per year, approximately 200,000 of which are under the age of 65. By 2050, prevalence is expected to jump to 16 million, and in the next 20 years it is projected that Alzheimer's will affect 1 in 4 Americans, rivaling the current prevalence of obesity and diabetes. Telltale symptoms of Alzheimer's include a decline in memory along with a decline in at least one of the following cognitive abilities:

As of 2014, the annual death toll from Alzheimer's is thought to be well over half a million, making it a greater killer than breast and prostate cancer combined. Between 1999 and 2014 alone, the death rate increased by 55 percent. Conventional medicine still has no solid answer to this devastating disease, and while drugs are often recommended, most have been found ineffective.

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