According to research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, the odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease has significantly decreased among seniors in the United States over the last 30 years. For seniors aged 60 and older, new cases of Alzheimer’s were 44% lower between 2006 and 2011 than they were between 1978 and 1982. The Framingham study is a federally funded initiative tracking several thousand people over multiple five-year periods. Researchers say that fewer people smoking, as well as more efforts to maintain cardiovascular health could explain the trend. However, researchers do note that increasing rates of obesity and diabetes may mean Alzheimer’s cases increasing again in the future.
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