A Study of Thousands: Adolescent Cognition and Alzheimer Disease


Potential risk factors may identify those at risk for AD and similar disorders as early as adolescence.

A cohort study of over 80,000 men and women looked at associations between adolescent cognitive abilities and the development of Alzheimer disease (AD) in later life.1

In this study, lower mechanical reasoning in men, and lower adolescent memory for words in women, had a higher odds of being associated with AD and related disorders.

The study finds more potential risk factors to identify those at risk for AD and similar disorders . . . and these may occur as early as adolescence.

1. Huang AR, Strombotne KL, Horner EM, Lapham SJ. Adolescent Cognitive Aptitudes and Later-in-Life Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders. JAMA Network Open. 2018;1:e181726.

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