ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local Alzheimer’s researcher says a new study shows family history does matter when it comes to the disease.

Geriatric psychiatrist Dr. George Grossberg at Saint Louis University says a new Duke University study finds those with close family members with the disease are more than twice as likely to develop the buildup of brain plaques associated with Alzheimer’s.

“They already had plaque in the brain and those who didn’t have a family history did not; they already had spinal fluid changes that are indicative of early Alzheimer’s disease, and then this part of the brain, the hippocampus, was already smaller, was already starting to shrink,” he said.

“Let’s say you’re in your middle years – your 30s, your 40s or 50s – and you have a parent or a sibling that’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you need to start seeing a doctor regularly and you need to do the right kinds of things relative to your lifestyle in order to try to prevent, delay, or decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” Grossberg added.


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