Are you more likely to Alzheimer's if you've had a head injury?

4 answers | Last updated: Oct 12, 2016
A fellow caregiver asked...

Are people who have experienced a head injury more suseptible to Alzheimer's? And if so, how much?


Expert Answers

Ladislav Volicer, M.D., Ph.D., is recognized as an international expert on advanced dementia care. He is a courtesy full professor at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, and visiting professor at the Third Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Twenty-five years ago, he established one of the first dementia special care units.

A study of american soldiers who fought in the WWII showed that those soldiers who suffered moderate head injury had twice the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and those who suffered severe head injury had four times higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than soldiers without head injury. If a head injury has an acute effect on development of Alzheimer's disease is less clear.


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Neon answered...

How many soldiers did they test, for how long and to what extent ..do you have a link to the study ?


Neon answered...

A study of soldiers? Just one study ? shouldn't there be more studies ..after all our brain does control every other organ in our body ..just saying


Emily m. answered...

Hi Neon, I found a bit more information about this study here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/986324.stm

I hope that helps answer some of your questions!

Take care, Emily | Community Manager