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8 Myths You May Have Heard About Alzheimer's Disease

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Kevin Duff, Ph.D., at the University of Utah Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging and Research, told Everyday Health, “There’s actually more evidence to say that older adults who get the flu shot are at decreased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and definitely at decreased risk for death and other medical problems.”

Myth #6: Medications can stop Alzheimer's disease.

Certain prescription medications can treat Alzheimer's symptoms and slow down the disease for up to one year, but as mentioned, there’s no cure. Furthermore the medications don’t help everyone. Only about one in three people benefit from the treatment.

Myth #7: Alzheimer’s runs in families.

It’s true that genetics have a role in an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. But researchers now say that there may be a link between Alzheimer’s disease and health conditions as well as lifestyle choices. Things such as diabetes, head trauma, heart disease and high blood pressure may be possible factors, according to Medical Daily.

Myth #8: Depression causes Alzheimer's disease.

“Depression and Alzheimer’s disease can be related to one another but there’s no evidence that depression causes Alzheimer’s disease. Instead, depression may occur with symptom onset because people fear that their changing abilities signal dementia,” Duff told Everyday Health.

Reviewed November 30, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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Anonymous

Uhh an MRI, can actually see structural damage done in those esp those with clear alz symptoms.

Not to mention I've never seen anything about saying meds stopping alz. Everyone's knows there is no cure.

Not only that for anyone to get alz in there 30's and 40's for crying out loud is BEYOND RARE, not even worth mentioning, and is most likely a genetic predisposition, or mistaken for lyme disease, or even NPH. It's unnecessary to go frightening people. The internet has enough of that already!!

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