Researchers Discover The Link Between Having Concussions And Being Diagnosed With Alzheimer's Disease

A new study has been conducted that connects having concussions to possibly be diagnosed of Alzheimer's disease, especially when it runs in the genes. Thus, it has been indicated that for those who have a possibility of getting the said disease should be more careful with themselves as anything could cause its trigger.

People Who Suffer Concussions And Have Genetic Probability Of Alzheimer's Disease Have More Risk In Obtaining The Latter

Alzheimer's disease is famously known as one of the biggest branches of dementia, a disease that attacks the brain. This causes interference in one's daily life due to the decline of one's mental capabilities. It has even been listed as one of the top ten causes of death in the United States; one of the worst kinds since it cannot be prevented or even cured. Alzheimer's disease comes with age, but also comes with genetic probability. If previous generations in one's family have previously suffered from the disease, chances are the rest of their bloodline would suffer from it as well as old age comes.

Study Conducted Among War Veterans Who Have Suffered From Brain Trauma And Have Genetic Risk Of Alzheimer's

In line with this, since there are no ways to prevent Alzheimer's disease from happening, a study has been conducted to at least decipher one of its trigger. In the study, a group of researchers have decided to conduct it with more than a hundred war veterans as their subject. These veterans have all suffered and diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a mild trauma in the brain. Their MRI scans helped the researchers determine the part of the brain that deteriorates during an early stage of Alzheimer's disease.

The results of the study has then concluded that having concussions appears to have a great influence in the genetic risk of having to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The participants who have more cases of concussions and have high risk of the genetic disease leads to the reduction of the cortical thickness of the brain, which is the early sign of Alzheimer's disease. Thus, it is advised that those people with high genetic risk of the disease should be extra careful in their daily activities and engage in such that will not contribute to the deterioration of the brain.

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