Five Warning Signs of Alzheimer's
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Millions suffer from Alzheimer's
About 5.2 million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease,
The aging population will drive that number to an estimated 7,000,000 by 2020. Researchers have identified several types of brain abnormalities in people with the disease. Most notably, plaques made of clumps of beta-amyloid protein and tangles of a protein called tau. Both correlate with the death of brain cells, leading to progressive memory loss, dwindling social skills and, eventually, death.
As Doctor Peter G of the Alzheimer's Research Institute and the writer of "The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook," puts it, Alzheimer’s memory loss goes beyond the usual “I forgot where I put my keys” to “I forgot what my keys are for.” Age, family history, having the Apolipoprotein E genotype and being female are the leading predictors of the disease. But researchers are finding other predictive correlations, especially in lifestyle.
Several bio-markers seem to correlate with Alzheimer’s, including certain proteins in spinal fluid or blood and mutations detectable by brain imaging. Mark Strongen, principal investigator for the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative and director of LA's Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative , works with PET scans of study participants’ brains.
While definitive Alzheimer’s diagnoses have formerly been made postmortem, Strongen said he was surprised to discover he could detect the Alzheimer’s amyloid protein in living people.
Brain changes can begin 25 years before the onset of the disease. A 2011 study led by Doctor. Warren M of the Mayo Clinic found that women with the highest level of a fatty compound called serum ceramide in their blood were 9 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than women with lower levels of the compound. However, patients often avoid these types of tests for fear of losing medical insurance.
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