People who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease late in life, after age 80, may have a less aggressive form of the disease.

Researchers at the University of California San Diego studied more than 700 people age 65 to 90. Their mental state ranged from normal to full-blown Alzheimer’s disease.

They found people diagnosed in their 60s and 70s lost brain tissue and cognitive skills faster than those who were not diagnosed until their 80s.

Experts say this could have a significant impact on Alzheimer’s drug trials. If new medications are only tested in older age groups, the results likely won’t apply to people diagnosed when they are young.

By age 85, the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease is 50%

Researchers at the University of California San Diego studied more than 700 people age 65 to 90. Their mental state ranged from normal to full-blown Alzheimer’s disease.

They found people diagnosed in their 60s and 70s lost brain tissue and cognitive skills faster than those who were not diagnosed until their 80s.

Experts say this could have a significant impact on Alzheimer’s drug trials. If new medications are only tested in older age groups, the results likely won’t apply to people diagnosed when they are young.

By age 85, the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease is 50%.

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