3 of the Biggest Myths About Alzheimer's

Published 08/21 2014 02:51PM

Updated 08/21 2014 03:22PM

KNWA-- According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. Every 67 seconds, someone develops the disease, and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. It's also far from being completely understood by doctors.  

Here are three of the biggest myths about Alzheimer's, and the true facts to set the record straight:

Myth #1: Only senior citizens get Alzheimer's. TRUTH: Around 200,000 people in their 40s and 50s are affected by early onset Alzheimer's.

Myth #2: Alzheimer's is not fatal. TRUTH: Sadly, this is false. Although it is a slow-progressing disease, Alzheimer's leads the body into decline, eventually resulting in death.

Myth #3: Alzheimer's affects men and women equally. TRUTH: Women make up two-thirds of Alzheimer's cases.

There is no cure for this disease, however, doctors have come up with some things people can do to help prevent it. The best ways to keep a healthy brain are: exercise, eating a heart-healthy diet, and stimulating your brain through learning and social activity.

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