Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Does Dementia Run in Families?

Tuesday, 04 Sep 2012 12:59 PM

Dear Dr. Hibberd:
My father and one of my grandfathers both suffered from dementia before they died. Does this run in families and is there anything I can do to stop it?

Unfortunately, people with a family history of dementia are at greater risk of developing it. However, many people with a family history never develop symptoms, and many people without a family history do. Tests are available to determine whether you have such genetic mutations. To reduce your risk, avoid alcohol, quit smoking, keep blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible.

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