Health problems cause memory loss in young people. Increases risk for Dementia and Alzheimers.

memoryproblemsalzheimersA investigating a population of over 18,000 people determined that life style choices caused memory problems increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia from a young age.

The was published in the PLOS ONE journal and may help scientists better identify how early lifestyle and choices impact memory later in life.

The 18,552 individuals who took part in the study were analyzed for depression, lower education levels, physical inactivity, , diabetes, obesity and smoking. The researchers expressed surprise at the prevalence of memory issues in particular among younger adults, said the study’s senior author, Dr. Gary Small, UCLA’s Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging and director of the UCLA Longevity Center.

“In this study, for the first time, we determined these risk factors may also be indicative of early memory complaints, which are often precursors to more significant memory decline later in life,” said Small, who is also a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.

The findings of this study positively correlated low levels of education, physical inactivity and to memory complaints. Depression was the strongest single for memory complaints, regardless of age. Overall, 20 percent of those polled had memory complaints, including 14 percent of younger adults, 22 percent of middle-aged adults and 26 percent of .

The memory issues detected in younger people were different than those for older individuals. Stress played a large role in younger adults.

“We hope that our findings will raise awareness among researchers, care providers and the general public about the importance of lowering these risk factors at any age, such as getting screened and treated for depression and , exercising more and furthering one’s education,” said Dr. Stephen Chen, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute and the first author of the study.

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University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Sciences. “Poor , lifestyle factors linked to memory complaints, even among younger adults.”

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