Are Firefighters More at Risk of Developing Dementia?

Over the years, researchers have focused on the connection between firefighting and various diseases, including cancer and heart disease, but could firefighters also be more at risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease? MORE: The seven stages of Alzheimer's disease.  According to an article on, although there has yet to be any official studies into the link between firefighting and dementia, a 2015 article highlights the risks of exposure to certain toxins and their link to dementia. These toxins are familiar to most firefighters and they will have undoubtedly come into contact with them at some point in their careers. Toxicants that have already been linked to neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia include aluminum, lead, mercury, flame retardants, solvents, plasticizers and air pollutants such as carbon monoxide. While the body can expel some toxicants, it's known that many can accumulate in the body causing health problems later in life. MORE: Six known risk factors for Alzheimer's disease.  Alzheimer’s News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.
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  1. Lisa says:

    My husband, a firefighter in Berkeley, ca. was diagnosed with Early-On-Alzheimers at age 52. He was showing signs of this disease when he was in his early forties. While on the job, Richard had at least three concussions.
    He retired with 30 years experience, and then everything fell apart.I feel there’s a connective tissue issue, that’s being overlooked by the medical field. When they finally did a cat scan, it was noticeable his brain had shrunk, and white tangles were present.
    I had an autopsy done, and it showed Alzheimers.
    Your opinion please?

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