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Is Alzheimer’s related to brain injuries?

Alzheimer's is a scary disease. You may know someone in Arizona who has it or even have a loved one affected by it. One thing many people believe is that this disease is only genetic. The truth is that new information leads experts to believe there may actually be links between brain injuries and a person developing Alzheimer's. 

The Alzheimer's Association states that moderate to severe brain injuries or repeat brain injuries have been linked to Alzheimer's but more research is needed to make a definitive connection. However, the studies so far show promising information that a link exists.

The main link found in studies is that brain injury often increases the risk of developing Alzheimer's. Certain groups of people, such as athletes, have been found to have a higher risk, which has been linked to their increased likelihood of having had repeat brain injuries. 

It is thought a brain injury may change the chemistry of the brain. This change can lead to protein abnormalities that are also seen in Alzheimer's. 

It is important to note that mild brain injuries or isolated incidents do not seem to show at this time a link to Alzheimer's. However, there have not been a lot of studies done and no conclusive evidence has come to light that actually proves brain injuries lead to Alzheimer's. For now, the only evidence is that repeat moderate or severe brain injuries may increase your risk of developing Alzheimer's. This information is for educational purposes only and is not to be taken as legal advice. 

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