Is There a Connection Between Alzheimer's and Aluminum?
Current Research Findings on Alzheimer's and Aluminum
Certain aluminum compounds have been found to be an important component of the neurological damage seen with Alzheimer's disease. Much research over the last decade has focused on the role of aluminum in the development of this disease. At this point, aluminum's role is still not clearly defined. Since Alzheimer's disease is a chronic disease, which may take a long time to develop, long-term exposure is the most important measure of intake.
Long-term exposure is easiest to estimate for drinking water exposures. Epidemiological studies attempting to link Alzheimer's disease with exposures in drinking water have been inconclusive and contradictory. Thus, the significance of increased aluminum intake with regard to the development of the disease has not been determined. For more information, talk to your healthcare provider.
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