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What is the connection between Down's syndrome and Alzheimer's?

Why do people with Down's syndrome develop Alzheimer's so often and at such a young age? Can diet prevent this?
Status: Open    Sep 05, 2014 - 01:16 AM


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Dec 08, 2015 - 10:04 AM

As all of us age, we all increase our chance of developing Alzheimers or dementia related changes. So when someone has Down Syndrome, they, too increase their chances of these diseases as they age. What is unique about people with Down Syndrome is that because most live to the age of 55-60, they tend to start to see symptoms at a much earlier age.

Science believes that this onset of Alzheimers/dementia is caused by the fact that people with Down Syndrome have extra genetic material on chromosome 21, but they are still researching why.

There is evidence that diets can contribute to the slowing of Alzheimer's, but there is very little research confirming the correlation of Down Syndrome, diet and Alzheimers. Current research states to eat foods with antioxidant properties, such as berries and "brain-boosting" foods such as dark leafy greens. Most recently, the MIND Diet has had the most promising results.

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Mar 26, 2015 - 11:14 AM

Thank you for your question! We have an article on the blog regarding Down's Syndrome and Alzheimer's that may be of interest to you. The link is:


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