Thursday, November 19, 2020
Apparently, where you live impacts the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease. Scientists and medical researchers have done loads of research on things that may increase the chances of developing Alzheimer's, but now, they are focusing on the potential role that location may play.
Through research, researchers have found that certain counties and neighborhoods have a higher prevalence of Alzheimer's disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
The next step is seeking to find if these locations have common risk factors associated with Alzheimer's.
"The data show, among other things, that overall prevalence is more highly concentrated in the Southeast and Gulf Coast states, including Florida and Texas, compared with Western states, such as Colorado and Arizona."
The research has only just begun and as expected, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. One study has shown that Alzheimer's is more prevalent in poor neighborhoods while another showed a higher prevalence in in rural Appalachia compared with non-Appalachian rural counties.
The data also showed that social determinants of health, like higher levels of poverty, fewer options for exercise, and less education are risk factors.
This new research may also be an effective aid in helping researchers pinpoint which intervention efforts will be more successful.
See Clare Ansberry, Alzheimer’s Research Looks at Hot Spots Across the U.S., The Wall Street Journal, November 16, 2020.
Special thanks to Lewis Saret (Attorney, Washington, D.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.