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Preventing Alzheimer's Disease

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TYLER (KYTX) - Alzheimer's and dementia affect more than 5 million people in the U.S.

And that number is expected to grow in the next 10 years to more than 16 million.

The meeting tonight was held to get more people talking about the issue and understanding how little things can affect your chances of getting Alzheimer's Disease.

Information on diet, activity levels and so much more.

A group of East Texans, concerned about the health of their loved ones and themselves, took note as chiropractor David Flynn gave information on how to help prevent Alzheimer's Disease.

"We worry about us getting it," says Leigh Currie-Nerren.

Both of Currie-Nerren's parents have dementia.

Her mother is in an advanced stage and has to be cared for.

"You slowly but surely lose the person that you know, and they become a total alien being," says Currie-Nerren.

She's worried about doing what she can to curb her risk.

"We're seeing a dramatic increase in new inquiries. About 75 a month," says Nora Gravois with the Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County.

Gravois works with families facing Alzheimer's and dementia.

She says one in 8 to 10 people have the disease, and numbers are growing.

By 2025, statistics show it will be 1 in 3 people.

"The best thing we do have is the opportunity to prevent, the opportunity to give ourselves a fighting chance," says Gravois.

Which is why explaining to younger generations about making changes now is important.

Flynn also says you should get blood tests for inflammation in your body, because inflammation is the link between Alzheimer's, heart disease and diabetes.

"But as far as this disease, there are many unknowns, there's a lot of research not being done that needs to be done," says Currie-Nerren.

Currie-Nerren says she'll continue seeking out information, because she's seen what this disease can do.

"You cannot control this disease, and it does not discriminate," says Currie-Nerren.

Gravois says there are many links that have been proven between cardiovascular health, and even nutrition and Alzheimer's.

One thing she pointed out, our bodies change as we age how we can break down food, and even that is something you need to know when looking at prevention.

Dementia is a general term that describes a set of symptoms, such as deterioration of memory, judgment, language and complex motor skills.

Alzheimer's Disease is the most common cause of dementia in people 65 and older.

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