Atherosclerosis risk factors in American Indians with Alzheimer disease: Preliminary findings

Myron F. Weiner, Roger N. Rosenberg, Kyle B. Womack, Doris A. Svetlik, Carey Fuller, Julie Fields, Linda S. Hynan

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Factors predisposing to and associated with atherosclerosis may impact the onset and progression of Alzheimer disease (AD). The high prevalence of atherosclerosis and associated risk factors in American Indians makes them ideal subjects to test this association. We compared frequency of history of hypertension, myocardial infarction, stroke, diabetes, and high cholesterol in 34 American Indians with AD with 34 age-matched American Indian controls, and 34 age-matched whites with probable AD. We also measured waist size, height, and weight, and acquired blood for determination of plasma homocysteine and apolipoprotein E genotype. The 3 groups did not differ significantly in age or sex. History of hypertension and diabetes was significantly more common among American Indian AD patients than Indian controls or whites with AD. The 3 groups did not differ in history of stroke or myocardial infarction. Body mass index was significantly greater in both Indian groups than the white AD group. Plasma homocysteine levels were greater, but not significantly so, in the Indian AD than the Indian control group. Thus, there is preliminary evidence of a modest association between history of hypertension and diabetes and AD in a small sample of American Indians. This suggests that changes in lifestyle factors could influence the expression of AD in American Indians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-248
Number of pages4
JournalAlzheimer disease and associated disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2008


  • Alzheimer disease
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Homocysteine
  • Hypertension


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