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Continued: Researchers suggest ways to fight Alzheimer's

  • Article by: NANCY CHURNIN , Dallas Morning News
  • Last update: July 13, 2013 - 3:28 PM

Getting adequate sleep, socializing and building cognitive reserve by learning things can lower the risk of Alzheimer’s, too, Quiceno said.

It’s in the genes

For some, however, genetics can trump even the best efforts.

The Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative, an international collaborative effort run by the Banner Alzheimer Institute in Phoenix, is studying people at genetic risk for developing Alzheimer’s in their 40s and 50s, as well as people at genetic risk for the more common Alzheimer’s that occurs later in life.

Individuals at genetic risk for early-onset Alzheimer’s represent less than 1 percent of all Alzheimer’s cases, but they offer an accelerated look at how the disease can progress as the amyloid plaque starts forming in their brains in their late 20s and early 30s, said Jessica Langbaum, a principal scientist and associate director of the initiative.

“That’s the hope — that the lessons we learn from people who carry this rare genetic mutation will be applicable to other individuals,” she said.

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