Risk Factors

There are associations between cognitive decline and vascular and metabolic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Understanding these relationships and testing them in clinical trials will help us understand whether reducing risk factors for these conditions may help with Alzheimer's disease as well.

For more information, visit About Alzheimer's Disease: Causes

Diabetes may increase the risk for Alzheimer's disease:

Diabetes and Alzheimer's disease are connected in ways that still aren't completely understood. While not all research confirms the connection, many studies indicate that people with diabetes — especially type 2 diabetes — are at higher risk of eventually developing Alzheimer's disease.

Taking steps to prevent or control diabetes may help reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease.

To learn more about the connection, visit Diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.