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9 Most Common Risk Factors For Alzheimer's Disease Identified In New Study

21/08/2015 12:07 BST | Updated 21/08/2015 12:59 BST

We may be one step closer to finding a way to delay or even prevent Alzheimer's disease.

A new study analyses data from over 300 large studies in order to identify what the nine most common risk factors of the disease are.

Although the study is purely observational, the University of California researchers behind it hope the findings may help medical experts to make more informed decisions when it comes to delaying, preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease in the future.

According to the NHS, Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting almost 500,000 people in the UK.

There is currently no cure for the illness, although some drugs are available which may help improve symptoms.

The latest study, published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, states that the nine most common risk factors for developing Alzheimer's disease are:

9 Most Common Risk Factors For Alzheimer's Disease

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