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Getting lost could be the first sign of Alzheimer’s…

It may show up decades before disease is diagnosed, say researchers

Getting lost could be an early sign that Alzheimer’s disease might affect you later in life, according to new research.

The Prevent project, based at Edinburgh University, aims to understand early biological and clinical markers to identify risks in young people and to help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The study, funded by the Alzheimer’s Society, suggests that poor navigational skills could be linked to the disease.

‘Alzheimer’s is considered to be a disease of memory but we now think from our early work that the difficulty people are really having – at least to begin with – is not to do with declining memories but to do with their declining ability to visualise the location of objects or themselves,’ said Karen Ritchie, one of the researchers, according to The Guardian.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting an estimated 850,000 people in the UK, according to the NHS. (5.5 million in the U.S. – J.B.)

Dementia is a progressive neurological disease which affects multiple brain functions, including memory.

The exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is unknown, although a number of things are thought to increase your risk of developing the condition.

These include:

  • increasing age
  • a family history of the condition
  • previous severe head injuries
  • lifestyle factors and conditions associated with cardiovascular disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition, which means the symptoms develop gradually and become more severe over the course of several years.

Written by Harvey Day for and published by The Daily Mail ~ May 7, 2017.

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