Concussions May Increase Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

According to a recent study published in the journal Brain, the mild trauma associated with a concussion can increase the risk of brain and memory impairment.

The researchers measured the thickness of the layers in the cerebral cortex of 160 war veterans, including many who had a history of concussion or PTSD. This region of the brain is associated with memory, language and other functions.

alzIn the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease, the cerebral cortex becomes thinner and begins to atrophy. The study showed that individuals who had concussions tended to have less thickness in the cerebral cortex.

Finding out how a concussion speeds up the onset of Alzheimer’s could lead to medicines or other treatments that would prevent the process. Early treatment would give patients the best chance to avoid the most devastating effects of the disease. The average age of the veterans who had pathological changes in their brains was 32.

Of special concern was the trauma of a concussion for someone who already has a genetic predisposition to get Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information on the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, see the Guide To Long Term Care:
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