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Common Myths about Alzheimer's Disease

Bradley DiTeresi

A graduate of University of Missouri-Kansas City, Bradley DiTeresi holds an MBA with a concentration in finance. Outside of his career, Bradley DiTeresi remains active in charitable giving, contributing to organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Alzheimer’s Association has published a list of myths about Alzheimer’s disease. Following are just a few:
-Alzheimer’s affects only older individuals.
Although most people with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States are over age 65, the disease affects individuals even in their 30s. Called younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease, this condition affects some 200,000 in the United States.
-Cooking with aluminum pots or drinking from aluminum cans can cause Alzheimer’s disease.
Dating back to the 1960s and ‘70s, this myth led to concern about the use of not only aluminum pots and pans but also antiperspirants and antacids. With research failing to find a cause-and-effect relationship between aluminum and Alzheimer’s, scientists have shifted their research to other potential causes.
-The flu shot increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease. 
The flu shot not only doesn’t cause Alzheimer’, but may even reduce the risk of the disease, according to a 2001 report in the Canadian Medical Journal.

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