We all know about the dangers of concussions and some of the immediate ramifications that head trauma can have on a person. Few of us recognize, however, the long-term impact of traumatic brain injuries on our health. Tragically, there is a growing link between TBI and early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

The Results of the Study

A study recently published in the journal Neuropsychology found that those who experienced head injuries and lost consciousness for more than five minutes were more likely to be diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s than their peers who did not experience similar head wounds. Sadly, the diagnoses came significantly earlier than those without brain injuries, too. Those with a history of brain injuries were diagnosed, on average, 2.5 years earlier than those without.

Avoiding Dementia, Brain Injuries

While scientists and doctors are still working to fully understand the relationship between dementia and brain injuries, there are certain steps people can take to ensure they are not impacted by the connection. Avoiding sports where head injuries are likely is a good first step, but most head wounds come from car accidents and slips, trips and falls. Those are not necessarily the most preventable incidents, so instead, be sure to seek medical attention as soon after such an accident as possible. Early detection can help mitigate some of the worst symptoms of traumatic brain injuries.

As the medical community continues to map the human brain and understand more about the way the mind works, we’ll get a better understanding of the impact injuries have on them.

Virginia Brain Injury Lawyers

Richard Serpe, a Virginia brain injury lawyer, represents victims that have sustained a traumatic brain injury in an accident that was caused by the negligence of someone else. If you or a loved one is suffering from the effects of a brain injury, you can be sure that your case will be handled with the respect, dedication and urgency that it deserves. Visit VirginiaBrainInjury.com for more information.