Those who have Alzheimer’s disease experience memory loss and confusion, and gradually get worse over time. It is a mentally debilitating disease that can be very emotionally taxing for the patient, as well as friends and family. Unlike normal memory loss that may occur with age, Alzheimer’s makes it difficult for patients to live healthy, active lives. Much research has been done into what causes the disease, as well as how to prevent and treat it. Many factors may work together to cause someone develops Alzheimer’s disease, but what are the most common causes and risk factors?

1. Head Trauma

Hundreds of thousands of concussions occur annually due to sports injuries, car accidents, and other mishaps. While most people heal quickly, for some, a head trauma of any kind can lead to chronic inflammation and permanently damaged brain tissue. In these circumstances, head injuries can lead to an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. This development is because the cells in the brain are too busy dealing with inflammation issues to protect the brain from a buildup of the proteins that cause the disease. To protect yourself from injury, it is important to wear proper protective gear in situations where head trauma may occur, and seek immediate medical attention if a head injury does occur.

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