Is Dementia Hereditary?


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lesley louis answered
Most dementia is not hereditary, but this depends on what caused it.  There are some rare cases where dementia is inherited and an example of such a case is Huntington’s disease.  This disease can lie dormant for a long period of time, and only a copy of a faulty gene is required for someone to inherit the disease.

The disease does not skip a generation, and if you do have a faulty gene, then you are sure to get the disease that is if you live long enough.  There are inherited and non inherited forms of dementia, and front temporal dementia is one of the most common types of inherited dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is not as a result of inheritance.

Quite a lot of people are concerned and worried that their disease may be passed on to their children and grandchildren, and family members with relatives suffering from dementia are also concerned that they may end up getting it themselves.

Over the years, a lot of research has been done into the cause of dementia. Affected family members are active participants in the research. This research is carried out all over the world.

Recently a consortium called Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN) was formed in order to study Alzheimer’s and to try and find out more about the causes and the negative features that it brings to its victims.  More information of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can be found at: where you will get all the information you need on finding out more on the disease and helping out in the research.
Preethika Pinto Profile
Preethika Pinto answered
The normal causes of Dementia are Alzheimer's disease which is followed by the second common cause that is heart strokes. Several heart strokes can be the reason for dementia however today hereditary diseases are also found to cause Dementia.

There is around thirty five percent of dementia that is caused due to hereditary diseases. However there are very few cases where dementia is caused due to the genes although one must inform you that there are certain types of dementia that are termed as hereditary dementia but this is all together another form or kind of dementia.

Dementia is a process of memory and intellect deterioration. People suffering from Dementia suffer from memory loss. They are unable to retain new memory and also have a motor coordination failure.
Matt Richard Profile
Matt Richard answered
Dementia has many many many causes.... Your lifestyle has a huge affect on whether you will contract it later on in life
some causes include-
vitamin B and potassium deficiency
vascular injuries
parkinsons disease - which can lead onto dementia later ot visa versa
alcohol and drug addiction
frontal lobe damage
strokes and bleeds in the brain
seriously there are sooo many it will shock you
Cliff Hazel Santos Profile

Alzheimer's Disease as a form of dementia is said to be inherited based on some research. You can read more about it at this site

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