People often relate Alzheimer to one of memory loss and decrease in cognitive awareness. However, often untold is the stress and emotional upheavals that sufferers of Alzheimer and their family members experience. You can read more about Alzheimer’s Disease here. Today, we will cover some important things to know to mitigate against the effects of being inflicted with the disease.
Some important things to know about the Alzheimer’s Disease
1. Nobody knows what causes Alzheimer
Alzheimer is an incurable disease, nobody knows what causes Alzheimer, except the fact that it is highly destabilizing to a person’s standard of living. There has been some correlation between the build up of abnormal proteins in the brain and the disease, but as the saying goes, “correlation is not causation“.
2. The signs of Alzheimer include memory loss and an inability to recognize loved ones
As Alzheimer progresses, you will notice the sufferers slowly being unable to remember what has happened recently, and not knowing where to find certain things that they are looking for even though they just found it. For example, a person could be looking for his/her keys but the keys are in his/her pocket all along.
3. Contrary to popular belief, Alzheimer is not just an old man/woman’s sickness
While most of the people suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer (a special and unique form of Dementia which accounts for more than half of Dementia cases) are elderly, there is an increasing trend of younger people (in their 40s or 50s) getting Alzheimer, and it is estimated that 200,000 middle aged people in the US have this disease.
4. There is no one single way to diagnose Alzheimer and the common blood tests are just to rule out other diseases
Alzheimer is usually diagnosed through both memory tests and consultations, and blood tests which are so often practiced are simply just to rule out other diseases which can cause dementia like symptoms. Many chronic conditions and incurable diseases have a similar diagnosis method because as the saying goes, “a doctor does not know everything and that is why they often ask you questions to help them with diagnosis“, it is therefore important for us to read and self-educate as well.
Being covered on the site usually means that there is no cure for the disease. Existing treatments are purely relief, and we will eventually look into their efficacy as well subsequently.
Pretty soon, FDA will become a topic so common on this site that even you, a common person who might be fighting an incurable or chronic disease will know the process behind how the drugs you are consuming now was approved. In the meantime, you might want to read about the 4 types of food which can potentially help prevent Alzheimer (hint: I am not trying to sell you any products, you can get them at any supermarket) here.