The human body has a lot of ways to warn us if there’s something wrong or even possibly coming in the future. Alzheimer’s, on the other hand, represents a horrible disease that can terminate the ability to think before killing the patient. It’s in our best interest to be on the lookout for any possible warning signs.
Although Alzheimer’s primarily affects older people, it can also manifest in a person who is in their ’30s or ’40s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 6 million people from the US, of all ages, are suffering from the most common form of dementia.
Watch out for high cholesterol and blood sugar during your ’30s
CNN writes about a new study that claims high cholesterol and blood sugar existing in a person during his ’30s represent indicators that Alzheimer’s could install at an old age. As you probably already concluded, the study bolsters the idea that people should start acting in a preventive way against the most common form of dementia as early in life as possible. They shouldn’t fall to the strong temptation of saying, “I’m young, I don’t need to worry about Alzheimer’s now.”
Furthermore, the same study showed that individuals of ages between 35 and 50 years old who had high triglyceride levels and also low levels of high-density lipoprotein have a higher risk of dealing with Alzehimer’s later in life.
Lindsay Farrer, the senior author of the study, explained for CNN:
We have shown for the first time that the associations between cholesterol and glucose levels and the future risk of Alzheimer’s disease extend much earlier in life than previously thought.
Dr. Richard Isaacson from Florida Atlantic University explained as quoted by the same source:
Having high cholesterol may not cause Alzheimer’s, but it presses the fast-forward button on the disease pathology and cognitive decline,
There’s also a relationship between diabetes and the development of amyloid pathology.
Doctors often recommend people that their best bet against Alzheimer’s and dementia, in general, is to live a healthy life in all aspects: eating well, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, etc.