Healthy Living

Apr 8, 2014 6:41 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Risk of Alzheimer's greater in African Americans; researchers unsure why

The risk of Alzheimer's Disease is two to three times greater for African Americans than Caucasians, but researchers aren't sure why.

They believe there could be biological, cultural, and socio-economic reasons for the disparity, but have been unable to identify more specific risk factors. They say not enough African Americans are enrolled in research studies.

Experts say this presents a huge health care challenge for the future. 42 percent of older adults in the United States will be a minority by the year 2050.

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