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Causes of Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease Causes: Risk Factors

The following conditions have been cited in various sources as potentially causal risk factors related to Alzheimer's Disease:

Alzheimer's Disease Causes: Male-Female Gender Ratio

Gender Profile of Alzheimer's Disease: AD is twice as common in women than in men, although former president Ronald Reagan is a well known disease...(Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)...more »

Gender Profile of Alzheimer's Disease: Studies have shown that while the number of new cases of AD is similar in older adult women and men, the total... (Source: excerpt from Women Hold Up Half the Sky: NIMH) ...more »

Alzheimer's Disease: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Alzheimer's Disease, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Alzheimer's Disease:

Alzheimer's Disease: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Alzheimer's Disease: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Alzheimer's Disease:

  • Familial Alzheimer's disease - an early-onset inherited genetic form.
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Causes of Broader Categories of Alzheimer's Disease: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Alzheimer's Disease as a complication of other conditions:

Other conditions that might have Alzheimer's Disease as a complication may, potentially, be an underlying cause of Alzheimer's Disease. Our database lists the following as having Alzheimer's Disease as a complication of that condition:

Alzheimer's Disease as a symptom:

Conditions listing Alzheimer's Disease as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Alzheimer's Disease. Our database lists the following as having Alzheimer's Disease as a symptom of that condition:

Medications or substances causing Alzheimer's Disease:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Alzheimer's Disease as a symptom. This list is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.


What causes Alzheimer's Disease?

Article excerpts about the causes of Alzheimer's Disease:

NIA's Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease, 1998: NIA (Excerpt)

The risk of developing AD increases with age, but AD and dementia symptoms are not a part of normal aging. AD and other dementing disorders in old age are caused by diseases. In the absence of a disease, the human brain often can function well into the tenth decade of life and beyond. (Source: excerpt from NIA's Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease, 1998: NIA)

NIA's Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease, 1998: NIA (Excerpt)

Two abnormal structures in the brain have long been known as hallmarks of AD: amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. Plaques are dense deposits of an amyloid protein (called beta-amyloid), other associated proteins, and non-nerve cells that gradually build up outside and around neurons. Amyloid is a generic name for protein fragments that aggregate (collect or mass together) in a specific way to form insoluble deposits. The fragments can arise from different mechanisms. Neurofibrillary tangles are insoluble twisted fibers that build up inside neurons. Much progress has been made in determining the makeup of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles and in proposing mechanisms that could account for their buildup in AD. (Source: excerpt from NIA's Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease, 1998: NIA)

NIA's Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease, 1998: NIA (Excerpt)

One longstanding theory of aging suggests that the buildup of damage from oxidative processes in neurons causes a loss of function. Scientists believe that free radicals produced through oxidative mechanisms play a role in several diseases, including cancer and AD. (Source: excerpt from NIA's Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease, 1998: NIA)

Medical news summaries relating to Alzheimer's Disease:

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Related information on causes of Alzheimer's Disease:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Alzheimer's Disease may be found in:

 

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