Alzheimer's Disease Argumentative Analysis

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There is much controversy that has arisen concerning the topic of causative factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease; however, according to the Mayo Clinic in their article “Alzheimer’s Disease” (2015), “scientists believe that for most people, Alzheimer's disease results from a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that affect the brain over time.” Even though there are many controversial opinions about causative agents, one common factor that is present in many statements about Alzheimer’s is that it has a clear effect on the brain. Researchers have examined healthy brain tissue in comparison to brain tissue of people affected with Alzheimer’s and have found abnormalities in 2 components in the brain. These abnormalities …show more content…
However, not all researchers believe that these 2 abnormalities are the only causes of Alzheimer’s disease. Some scientists have observed rare genes that are directly related to the cause of early onset Alzheimer’s disease which appears at a younger age of 30 to 40 years old. According to Alzheimer’s Association in their article “Younger/Early Onset Alzheimer's & Dementia” (2015), “people who inherit these rare genes tend to develop symptoms in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. When Alzheimer’s disease is caused by deterministic genes, it is called ‘familial Alzheimer’s disease,’ and many family members in multiple generations are affected.” Researchers have determined that this inherited gene present in a family member is linked to the likelihood that multiple generations will be affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Due to this information about the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease, scientists have become more informed about how Alzheimer’s disease develops; now the focus is turned to the identifiable signs and symptoms of

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