Maybe you’ve heard that drug abuse causes dementia, or that red wine will protect you from the disease. Here are the facts.
by Madeline Vann, MPH for Everyday Health
Perhaps because Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are something of a mystery, there are a number of myths surrounding their causes. A few of these common myths hold some truth, but some are complete falsehoods that muddy the water about the roots of symptoms and how to prevent dementia.
Need help separating good dementia information from bad? We’ve gone to an expert to get the facts.
Myth No. 1: Dementia is caused by exposure to aluminum.
Cooking in aluminum pots and drinking from aluminum cans came under suspicion as a cause of dementia a number of years ago, when this myth first spread. But there is no truth to the fear, says Paul B. Rosenberg, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in the division of geriatric psychiatry and neuropsychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.