How Common Is Alzheimer's Disease in People with Down Syndrome?

Q:
How common is Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome?

A:
Down syndrome increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Estimates suggest that 25% or more of individuals with Down syndrome over age 35 show the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s-type dementia. The percentage increases with age. The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome is estimated to be 3 to 5 times greater than that of the general population.

Current research shows that the extra gene may be a factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The early aging of the Down syndrome brain may also be a factor. For more info you can go to a specialist.

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