New figures from the Alzheimer’s association show blacks and Hispanics are more likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease than whites.
Although there are no known genetic reasons to explain these differences, doctors say high blood pressure and diabetes are huge risk factors for both mental conditions, which are more common in blacks and Hispanics than in whites.
Doctors also say socioeconomic factors such as lower levels of education and lower income could also be reasons these two groups have higher numbers.
Study investigators believe if high blood pressure and diabetes cases were better managed in these minorities, the number of Alzheimer’s cases among blacks and Hispanics could see a decline.
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