Much has been learned about the disease of Alzheimer’s and there are numerous studies being conducted to learn more about it, with the hope of one day being able to prevent, or in the least reverse, the disease. For now, let’s look at seven facts that most people don’t know about Alzheimer’s.
It Impacts Women More Than Men
Truth be told, many people believe that Alzheimer’s affects men more than women, but in all actuality, more women suffer from the disease. In fact, the United States Department of Health and Human Services states that nearly twice as many women in America have the disease than men. Also daunting is the fact that the disease progresses at a higher rate in women than in men.
Many People Remain Undiagnosed
Only about 45 percent of patients in America receive an actual diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. This means nearly half the people suffering from the disease are unaware, and therefore, go untreated.
It Is not an Inherited Disease
A lot of people are confused about Alzheimer’s and believe that it is a disease that is inherited and passed down from one generation to the next. Research has shown, however, that lifestyle factors are the primary contributor to the development of the disease. There are many people who end up developing the disease and have no other family members with it, but it’s pertinent to remember respectively that nearly half of people suffering from Alzheimer’s do not receive an official diagnosis. And since lifestyle factors greatly impact whether a person develops the disease, it is extremely important that we all avoid the factors and habits that promote the manifestation of Alzheimer’s.
Hygiene Factors May Impact the Onset of Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s is a disease that occurs because of changes in a person’s immune function. And since better hygiene limits a person’s contact with bacteria and certain microbes, this means a person may end up with an immune system that is less robust. Those performing research studies at the University of Cambridge state that as a result of having optimal hygiene, this may lead to the onset of Alzheimer’s. Perhaps this is one worthy reason to skip out on an everyday-shower routine.
There Are Ways to Reverse Alzheimer’s
We hear time and time again that researchers are constantly on the lookout for a way to reverse Alzheimer’s. The truth is, though, there is a way to treat and reverse the disease. Dale Bredesen, along with many of his colleagues, are using a unique approach to reversing Alzheimer’s. The approach does not include the use of only a single drug. Instead, it leverages 36 various interventions to help patients regain cognitive function. And in a small sample of patients, the approach is working. Some of the interventions include:
· Increasing physical exercise
· Optimizing vitamin D
· Regulating hormones
· Lowering homocysteine
· Reducing blood sugar
Young People Are not Immune From the Disease
By the time a person reaches their 85th birthday, he or she will be at a much higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s — the risk doubles by this age. Still, an analysis of current trends has revealed that older people are not the only people developing the disease. It is starting to become more prevalent in younger people, and this especially applies to those living in developed countries.
If You Have Alzheimer’s, You Probably Have Another Disease Too
18 percent of those with Alzheimer’s have osteoporosis, 23 percent have diabetes, and 26 percent suffer from some type of coronary heart issue. In fact, nearly 60 percent of those with Alzheimer’s suffer from some other type of serious medical condition. Contributing to the difficulty of effectively treating Alzheimer’s. More importantly, perhaps therefore a multi-disciplinary approach works so well in treating and reversing the disease.