Alzheimer’s Disease: What It Is And How Does It Affect You?

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most frustrating and devastating diseases of all times. It does not kill people directly, but it kills precious memories, identities and relationships. Scientifically, it is known to be caused by specific types of nerve damage within the structure of the brain (neurofibrillary tangles, beta-amyloid plaque buildup). Why does it happen to the brain fibers? No one knows, but it has been associated with the body’s levels of ApoE (apolipoprotein E), a kind of protein in the body that is used to transport cholesterol in the blood. Some researchers also theorizes that it canbe linked with head traumas, hypertension and increased cholesterol in the body system. However, the biggest risk so far is having a history in the family.

Alzheimer’s disease is definitely not a part of aging process. Some people ages without manifestations and some even develop this kind of illness even before 60’s. moreover, statistically bases, it affects a greater number of women than men.

What are the manifestations?

Alzheimer’s disease crawls up in your system slowly. Earlier signs and symptoms are slight difficulty in remembering and occasional confusions. These manifestations would later lead to detoriation of memory, disorientation, anger, mood swings, difficulty in communicating and total disability to recognize familiar events and people. People who suffer this condition may also forget his or her own name. The symptoms get more severe over time, and the saddest part is, there is no cure.

There are three phases in this disease:

  • Mild Alzheimer’s- this stage usually last 2 to 4 years characterized by drop in energy, loss of recent memory, depression and small coordination problems.
  • Moderate Alzheimer’s- recall ability comes to worse and there may be presence of incoherent communications, mood swings, anger, sleeping disorders, wandering and occasional delusions. The phase lasts from 2 years to 10 years.
  • Severe Alzheimer’s- this is characterized by severe confusions, problems with motor movements like eating and walking, illogical anger and frustrations and lack of mobility.

Treatments

There is no definite cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but doctors can slow down the process. Treatments available today are more focused on the prevention and palliative care rather as studies are being conducted to generate a cure.

Other Remedies

Not because there is no cure available that you cannot make the lives of your love ones suffering from this disease more bearable. Help them with their frustrations by opting to the natural remedies. And prevent this disease with the help of the following:

  • Supplement them with vitamin E, an anti oxidant that is known to protect nerve damages
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy for post menopausal women has been showing good results in preventing the disease
  • Exposure to calming art and music has been effective to patients as they manifest better moods, behavior and functionality
  • Supplements like coenzyme Q10, huperzine A, coral calcium, and omega 3 fatty acids is yet to be proven effective.

Alzheimer’s is one of most maddening disease to ever surface humanity, help spread the awareness by sharing these insights. Together, you help lives of those sufferers to be better. Share this post now!

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