A new report shows that there is a link between the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease and heavy smoking and drinking.
Ranjan Duara, MD, Wien Center for Alzheimer’s Disease, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Florida, studied 938 people age 60 and older. All participants had been diagnosed with possible/probable Alzheimer’s disease. Information of the participant’s history of drinking and smoking was obtained from family members.
Of the 938 people in the study the 17 people with all 3 risk factors (APOE variant gene, heavy smoker, and heavy drinker) developed Alzheimer’s at an average age of 68.5 years. The 374 people in the study with none of the risk factors developed Alzheimer’s at an average age of 77 years.