Alzheimer’s: A Lifetime in the Making
A new study found shocking evidence to suggest that Alzheimer’s begins in childhood, with babies younger than a year old displaying signs of the disease. The research emphasized that earlier intervention is necessary to prevent the disease and addressing air pollution may play a key role. Researcher
Is There a Correlation Between Air Pollution and Alzheimer*s?Research suggests that when individuals breathe in small particles of air pollution, these can enter the blood, where they are carried to the brain. However, we don*t know which particles in air pollution are damaging or how much exposure is needed before real health problems can develop, Popular Science reported. While this study cannot prove that air pollution directly leads to brain damage, it adds to an increasing pool of research that suggests a potential correlation.
Is There a Link Between the Gene APOE4 and Alzheimer*s?The research was particularly striking in the affect that the gene APOE4 had in the bodies examined. Those with this gene who were also exposed to air pollution had accelerated progression of Alzheimer*s disease as well as an increased risk of suicide, compared to those with the same exposure who did not have the gene. The study noted that 13 to 20 percent of the USA population carries an APOE4 gene. While not conclusive, the study did stress how important it is to reduce air pollution as a possible risk factor that can be controlled or improved to possibly reduce the risk.