• <h4 class="dechead">On One Hand: Some Information Supports a Link

    Researchers have found aluminum in the brains of Alzheimer's patients and Alzheimer's-like symptoms in people working in an aluminum factory. There have been animal studies that determined that aluminum can destroy brain cells. This information suggests the possibility that Alzheimer's and aluminum may be linked.

    On the Other: Some Information Rebuts a Connection

    Other research has shown similar concentrations of aluminum in the brains of people who did not have Alzheimer's disease. The neurotoxic effect of aluminum is different in animals than in human. Additional studies have shown that people who receive aluminum as a medical treatment are not at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's.

    Bottom Line

    According to the Alzheimer's Society, there is little proof of a cause and effect relationship between Alzheimer's and aluminum. Most evidence is circumstantial and fails to establish a credible link. The Alzheimer's Society notes that future studies may present different data, but at this time there is no established connection between aluminum and Alzheimer's disease.


    Alzheimer's Society

    Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety

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