“My Dad (or my mum, or my sister, etc) has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease… I am fine but I worry a lot: will I develop the disease too?” This question is recurrent among people who have experienced Alzheimer’s disease in their family. Fortunately, for most people, the answer to that question is “no, it is not likely”. Indeed, genes are rarely the direct cause for Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have not yet identified any single cause for Alzheimer’s disease. This is why you hear doctors or scientists talk about risk factors. These are the factors that will influence your risks of developing the disease. Continue reading
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