Alzhemier’s Disease

Alzhemier’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia, most commonly seen in people over the age of 65. It is a very disabling condition that prevents a person from leading a normal life. So…..

What is Dementia?

Dementia can be defined as a group of symptoms that are caused by various diseases. It is not a disease in itself. The most common form of dementia amongst older people is Alzheimer’s disease. Approximately 4.5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Symptoms of early onset Alzheimer’s includes:

-       Loss of memory

-       Basic judgment is impaired

-       Loss of basic thinking

This makes it very hard for a person suffering from Alzheimer’s to work or involve themselves in day- to- day activity. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are drugs available on the market that can relieve the symptoms.

Disease Progression:

First sign of the mental symptoms of Alzheimer’s shows up as memory loss. Sonn after that, inhibitions and emotions are affected. Amyloid plaques and tangles (brain lesions) accumulate in the brain, further declining the ability to function in daily life.

Causes:

The cause of Alzhemier’s disease has been linked to two possibilities; Genetic & Aluminum (from cooking utensils and other such sources)

Who’s at risk?

-       People suffering from down’s syndrome

-       Genetic inheritance

-       Obesity

-       Apo E gene (increased risk)

 

Prevention:

It’s not foolproof, but overall general upkeep of a healthy life style is one way to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. Apart from that, you could indulge in activities like playing an instrument, board games, dancing, reading that exercise different parts of your brain.

 

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