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Alzheimer's disease is currently at epidemic proportions, with 5.4 million Americans—including one in eight people aged 65 and over—living with it. There is no known cure, and few truly effective treatments
Research suggests the best hope is in prevention focusing on diet, exercise and staying mentally active.
Two recent studies show that compounds in cinnamon, and vitamins B12, B6, and folate may delay the onset and/or slow progression of the disease
Vitamin treatment consisting of 0.8 mg folic acid, 20 mg vitamin B6 and 0.5 mg vitamin B12 slowed shrinkage of the whole brain volume over the course of two years
The vitamin treatment also reduced, by as much as seven-fold, the cerebral atrophy in certain brain regions that are particularly vulnerable to damage associated with Alzheimer’s disease
Research suggests that being exposed to general anesthesia can increase the risk of dementia in the elderly by as much as 35 percent Dr. Mercola
Of the first 10 patients who utilized this program, including patients with memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD), amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), or subjective cognitive impairment (SCI), nine showed subjective or objective improvement. Department of Neurology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
The uniform failure of drug trials in Alzheimer’s influenced Bredesen’s research to get a better understanding of the fundamental nature of the disease. His laboratory has found evidence that Alzheimer’s disease stems from an imbalance in nerve cell signaling: in the normal brain, specific signals foster nerve connections and memory making, while balancing signals support memory loss, allowing irrelevant information to be forgotten. But in Alzheimer’s disease, the balance of these opposing signals is disturbed, nerve connections are suppressed, and memories are lost.
Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, although it’s impacting a growing number of adults. Currently incurable, the disease characterized by toxic plaques and tangles in the brain leads to symptoms of memory loss, personality changes, trouble performing everyday tasks and death.
Scientists have struggled to bring meaningful therapies to the table, but 2016 marks a year of promising findings, including science-backed evidence that food and exercise plays a huge role in prevention.
UCLA researchers used PET scans to show a Mediterranean diet, regular physical activity and a healthy BMI go a long way in lower your risk of developing the toxic plaques and tangles that lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
In other Alzheimer’s breakthroughs, researchers have found a link between the gut and Alzheimer’s and between certain popular drugs and the disease. More natural treatments and preventatives — showing promise in reversing Alzheimer’s related inflammation and memory loss.