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Study: ABCA7 Gene Linked to Alzheimer’s May Increase Risk in African-Americans

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the many disabling conditions that may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. It affects more than five million Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The medical community has been working to achieve a better understanding of the cause of this disabling disease. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco have published the results of one of the largest studies examining the frequency of Alzheimer’s disease in African-Americans.

The data collected from more than 6,000 participants during the study found that African-Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease were slightly more likely to have the gene ABCA7, which is believed to be a risk factor for the disease. It was found that presence of this gene created an 80 percent higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s for African-Americans, compared to a 10-20 higher percent risk in Europeans.

Research on this particular gene is not new; scientists have been studying its function for years. The lead author of the study, Dr. Richard Mayeux, is still cautious to confirm any solid data on the risk factors associated with the gene, stating that, “the gene’s function is not well understood.”

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the many disabling conditions that may cause a person to become unable to perform substantial gainful activity. When the disease progresses to this stage, it may qualify the individual for Social Security disability benefits (SSDI).

Filing a claim for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration is not an easy task. Without the proper medical evidence and work records, your claim may be delayed or denied. Disability Help Group is here to help you begin your claim for Social Security disability benefits. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.