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13 common illnesses that have been linked to Alzheimer's

Although we don’t know a lot about the causes of Alzheimer’s disease, having the following conditions may raise your risk or make your symptoms worse.

13 common illnesses that have been linked to Alzheimer's
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From gum disease to hearing loss, depression, anxiety and more, there are a host of everyday afflictions that have been linked to this debilitating form of dementia.

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1. Anaemia
1. Anaemia
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This common blood disorder is defined by a decline in red blood cells. These cells transport oxygen, which is why a common symptom is persistent fatigue. Other symptoms include weakness, shortness of breath and cold hands and feet. Some studies have found a connection between anaemia and an increased risk of dementia in older adults. One of the most common causes of anaemia is an iron deficiency, which can result from a poor diet; it may also be a side effect of certain medications.
 
The concern is that by depriving the brain of oxygen, anaemia could lead to the type of damage seen in people with Alzheimer’s. The results of one 11-year study involving more than 2,500 people ages 70-79 revealed that those with anaemia had a 40 percent increased risk of developing dementia than people who didn’t have anaemia. You should also be aware of these obvious signs of dementia that are so easy to miss.
 



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