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Is Dementia Hereditary?
Because there are so many different causes of dementia, it is important to understand the details of your family history of dementia to know if there is a risk of inheriting the problem. Some causes of dementia show a strong link to family history, but most do not.
- The most common cause of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, may have a genetic component, but a family history of the disease does not necessarily increase risk. In general, heritability is most likely when a parent or grandparent developed the disease at a relatively early age.
- Vascular dementia is not heritable on its own, but the underlying cause of dementia is often a condition such as heart disease or diabetes which may have a family-history connection.
- Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) does seem to be heritable. About 40% of people diagnosed with FTD have a relative who has experienced some form of dementia (although not necessarily FTD).
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