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What causes Alzheimer's disease?

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Though the cause of Alzheimer’s is not known, doctors think the symptoms of the disease are caused by a buildup of harmful proteins in your brain called amyloid. These proteins form large clumps, called tangles and plaques. They get in the way of normal brain function and kill healthy cells.

From: What Alzheimer's Does to Your Body WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 10, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 12/10/2017

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association.

American Academy of Family Physicians: "What are the complications of Alzheimer's disease?"

National Institute on Aging: "Alzheimer's Disease: Unraveling the Mystery."

University of California, San Francisco: "Alzheimer's disease."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Alzheimer's disease."

Wang, L. , May 2006. Archives of Internal Medicine

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association.

American Academy of Family Physicians: "What are the complications of Alzheimer's disease?"

National Institute on Aging: "Alzheimer's Disease: Unraveling the Mystery."

University of California, San Francisco: "Alzheimer's disease."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Alzheimer's disease."

Wang, L. , May 2006. Archives of Internal Medicine

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 10, 2017

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