What is alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimers is part of a syndrome of brain disorders known as dementia. Common issues faced are memory loss, decline in aspects of cognition, and thinking. As well ad difficulty doing daily activities that can impact ones daily wellbeing and day to day functioning. Alzheimers is a common cause of dementia totalling around 50% of the dementia cases being classed as Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimers is a neurodegenerative disease, which is an umbrella term for a range of conditions primarily affecting the neurons (neurons process and transmit information as well as being structural and functional units of the nervous system and are electrically excitable) cerebral cortex of the brain.
The hippocampus is among the areas that are first affected. This is the area in the brain that is important for memories. Th amygdala is also often affected later on which is the area of the brain that is responsible for emotion and memories too.
It’s been said that 20% of the population will be affected by the age of 80 and 1,000’s of synapses, (brain wiring) are lost every day.
Alzheimer’s is a complex disease that takes years to develop. Some Doctors say that Alzheimer’s starts from the womb too early twenties and is largely affected by lifestyle and environmental factors. Here is a list of areas that can collectively contribute to your risk of Alzheimer’s later in life:-
- Heavy metal toxicity – Copper, mercury, aluminium. (Jmed Report)
- Genetics – link to ApoE4 gene (account for less than 1% of the cases)
- Chronic inflammation – from sugar, insulin resistance, dairy and gluten/glyphosate
- Micro-organism pathogens – oral bacteria such as P gingivalis, herpes simplex virus
- Cardio-vascular disease CVD
- Oxidative stress from foods that we eat and an imbalance of the free radicals and the body’s ability to counteract their damaging effects through antioxidants
- Chronic high levels of stress over a long period of time. Not being able to manage stress effectively.
- Hormonal factors like – thyroid, oestrogen and testosterone deficiency
signs and symptoms
Early Stage Signs & Symptoms are:-
- Slight short term memory loss – forgetting conversations, keys, how to do tasks, why you are in a room, etc
- Repeated questions of the same nature
- Poor judgment
- Loss of interest in hobbies
- Reduced hygiene
Later Stage Signs and Symptoms are:-
- Long-term memory loss and significant worsening
- Loss of understanding things like jokes or higher order functions
- Agitation and aggression at not being able to do things
- Left hippocampus starts to go, which gives a sense of loss of self
- Possible depression
- Failure to recognize self in the mirror, bumping into furniture, general spacial awareness, known as Agnosia
- Difficulty with language, known as Aphasia
- Difficulty walking and dressing, known as Apraxia
different stages of alzheimer’s
There are 4 stages/phases of Alzheimer’s.
Your doctor will be able to perform a mini mental state exam.
what your doctor will offer you
1. Your doctor will offer a test to see your mental state.
2. You may be offered a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and can show the loss of brain mass that is occuring
3. You may be offered a computed tomography scan (CT scan), to show the loss of brain mass that is occuring
Alzheimer’s starts early and can be considered mainly a lifestyle disease. Check the causes and start to knock them out of your lifestyle to limit your risk to this fast-growing disease. Once you know what this is all about then you have the tools to do something about prevention.
Key areas to help yourself with are to:-
- Detox and reboot regularly – simple nutritious foods.
- Anti-inflammatory and lifestyle
- Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins
- Reduce your exposure or intake of heavy metals
- Take the right supplements to support your brain and inflammatory pathways.
- Include more herbs in your diet
- More your body and try to have daily & regular exercise in some form
- Make sleep a priority
- Manage your stress levels and build in stress management tools if you don’t handle stress well.
A big part of why the body can develop Alzheimer’s is our lifestyle choices. So you may want to consider a reboot and look to give your body a break. Regular breaks so that you give your body the best chance to function at its optimal. We call it your Ultimate Health.
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1. Help guide for Alzheimer’s
1. Journal of Medical Case Reports
2. Elevated brain aluminium and early onset Alzheimer’s disease in an individual occupantionally exposed to aluminium report