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    Alzheimer's Disease - What Increases Your Risk

    Certain things make getting a disease more likely. These are called risk factors. Risk factors for Alzheimer's disease include:

    • Getting older. This is the main risk factor. People rarely have dementia before age 60.
    • A family history of Alzheimer's disease, especially if one or more of your parents or siblings has the disease.
    • The presence of the apolipoprotein E-4 gene.
    • Having Down syndrome.
    • Injuries to the brain, especially more than one injury that caused you to pass out (such as a concussion from a fall, car accident, or playing a sport.)

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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