Youth in polluted cities more vulnerable to Alzheimer's, says new study

A recent study has found out that children and young adults living in polluted cities have a higher risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

The study was done by a team at the University of Montana in the United States.

The study says that signs of Alzheimer’s disease start during early childhood. Factors like age, pollution in the environment, and other genetic factors determine whether a person is likely to develop Alzheimer’s.

The study also warns that treating the signs at a later stage with medications is too late.

The study was done on people living in Mexico City. This is one of the world's most polluted cities. People here have many illnesses linked to pollution.

Researchers found out that babies less than a year old were vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease. Hyperphosphorylated tau and beta amyloid are the two proteins that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Both of these was found in fair amounts in the babies.

Researchers assert that providing a good paediatric environment, nutrition, and genetic risk factor interactions are important to prevent Alzheimer’s’.

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