Alzheimer's Not Only For "Oldtimers"
Most recently, researchers have found that Alzheimer's might actually affect a greater percentage of the population than originally thought. Dr. David Bennett, director of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, believes the actual number could be as high as THREE times greater.
Dr. Bennett and his fellow researchers autopsied "healthy" elderly people and found that many had visible lesions on their brains signalling Alzheimer's, but they had similar memory test scores as those without lesions. It's believed 4 million have Alzheimer's disease, but these findings mean it's possible 12 million might actually suffer from it, and most are not being diagnosed with it.
Most recently, The Alzheimer's Association published findings earlier this month that believe many Americans under 65 have early onset Alzheimer's...and their memory issues are incorrectly attributed to things such as stress.
"These...warning signs are more easily put off to other factors," the report concluded.
So how soon could the early onset of Alzheimer's actually be affecting those under 65? What can doctors do to detect...
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