Alzheimer’s disease is just one of 70 causes of dementia (an umbrella term for memory loss due to changes in the brain).
Not everyone who has dementia has Alzheimer’s – it can also be part of Parkinson’s disease or the result of a stroke, for example.
Aggressively lowering elevated blood pressure significantly reduces the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and perhaps Alzheimer's disease.
Maintaining healthy gums and teeth is important in reducing P gingivalis. Porphyromonas gingivalis causes corroding of the gums and decaying of the teeth. It is a well-known risk factor for heart and artery disease.
Plaques give every sign of being the brain's protective reaction against inflammation. They're an effect, not a cause, of the illness that's eating up brain cells – the causes most likely being poor sleep (which prevents elimination of brain waste), toxins, chronic infections, allergies and all the other multiple causes of inflammation. In mice, the oral infection was found to penetrate the brain and increase production of amyloid beta, the Alzheimer's-linked protein. Most laypeople just think of it as brain plaque. P gingivalis also produces poisonous enzymes called gingipains which have previously been linked with two other Alzheimer's-associated proteins called tau and ubiquitin.
Herpes - Almost all of us have latent herpes viruses residing dormant within us. The problem comes when they're woken up in the brain by infection, inflammation, a stressful event or a weakened immune system.
Guamanian amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/parkinsonism dementia complex (ALS/PDC) = a hybrid form of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig's disease). Boiled bats contained a high dose of a toxin named BMAA – β-N-methylamino-l-alanine. Bats in Guam, until they became extinct, ate a diet filled with the seeds of cycad trees, which contain BMAA. The BMAA contained in the cycad trees originates in what are called cyanobacteria that grow on the roots of the trees.
The amino acid L-serine, which is available as a dietary supplement, may help protect against these types of brain problems and lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease. L-serine could possibly boost longevity. In research on the Ogimi inhabitants of Okinawa, some of the longest-living people on earth, a dietary analysis shows that they eat foods – like seaweed – that contain four times as much L-serine as the average American diet.
Ultrasound neck scan to measure the intensity of "carotid artery forward compression waves." This is a measure of the force needed to propel blood to the brain. After taking age, blood pressure, body mass index, diabetes and other cardiovascular conditions into account, the researchers found those with the highest intensity pulses at the start of the study were 50 per cent more likely to suffer accelerated cognitive decline over the following decade. 51856, BHF, BBC-46155607
Exercising, cutting stress, improving sleep, eating sensibly, and taking a few selected supplements (something as simple as enzymes can help).
APOE-4 allele. It is known that carrying this allele is associated with increased risk for Alzheimer's disease. APOE-4 allele (the APOE-4 allele is present in about 20-25% of the United States population). It is easy to test for this allele without involvement of a healthcare provider by simply trying a genetic testing product like 23 and Me.
Depression may be an early symptom of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
People who are depressed have an increased risk for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease—that is, blockages in the arteries that impede blood flow to the heart and brain.
Although depression was associated with an 85 percent increased risk for dementia from all causes, the risk for vascular dementia was 250 percent.
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Dementia is a serious loss of global cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal aging. It may be static, the result of a unique global brain injury, or progressive, resulting in long-term decline due to damage or disease in the body. Although dementia is far more common in the geriatric population, it can occur before the age of 65, in which case it is termed "early onset dementia". Dementia is not a single disease, but rather a non-specific illness syndrome (i.e., set of signs and symptoms) in which affected areas of cognition may be memory, attention, language, and problem solving. It is normally required to be present for at least 6 months to be diagnosed; cognitive dysfunction that has been seen only over shorter times, in particular less than weeks, must be termed delirium. In all types of general cognitive dysfunction, higher mental functions are affected first in the process.
Symptoms of dementia can be classified as either reversible or irreversible, depending upon the etiology of the disease. Less than 10% of cases of dementia are due to causes that may presently be reversed with treatment.
Alzheimer Disease (la maladie d'Alzheimer)
accounts for 64% of all Dementia cases.