As we age our bodily systems begins to go haywire and vitamin D is one deficiency that is common in elderly people. Because as the skin ages it has a reduced capacity to synthesize it and as you get older you become less apt to get out in the sun exposure which is necessary for the synthesis of the vital vitamin. If you have a relative with early signs of dementia you should always request a simple blood test level for vitamin D and Zinc levels (A Welsh Alternative.)
Although when your talking hereditary the ApoE gene, short for Apoliprotein E which provides instructions for making the protein (responsible for transporting cholesterol through the blood stream.) There are three different versions of genes ApoE2, E3 & E4 or in combination. Therefore, having two copies of ApoE2 increases your risk of premature vascular disease or two copies ApoE4 Alzheimer, with 62% carrying the ApoE3 genotype with a risk of neither. http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Biomedical-science/Funded-projects/Major-initiatives/Neurodegenerative-Diseases-Initiative/WTDV027075.htm
Always remember also that as you age there is “no” substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise. It’s important to eat good sources of B vitamins, food rich in vitamin C and Vitamin E that adds protection from free radical damage. Latest discovery in this area indicates that free radicals generated…. by compounds isolated from Alzheimer’s brain tissue can even damage parts of brain cells called acetlycholine receptors which are needed for receiving memory signals. Human Nervous System!!! Daniel Tammet: The Boy With The Incredible Mind? Kim Peek Murray, Utah… https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=navclient&ie=daniel+tammet
In addition, brain cell culture studies show vitamin E can protect against damage caused by amyloid proteins that accumulate abnormally in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. It’s important to note that currrent vitamin E supplements contain alpha tocopherol, therefore, a good diet is essential to obtain gamma tocopherol. study-holds-promise-for-new-alzheimers-treatment/
Keeping physically active: there exist a connection between good cardiorespiratory fitness and preservation of the hippocampus region in the brain that’s important in memory and spatial navigation. It is also one of the first brain regions to suffer Alzheimer related damage. Also increased levels of social interaction and cognitive stimulation have been shown to be beneficial to overall cognitive levels through reducing stress levels in your everyday life.
Mentally stimulating activities helps maintain and strengthens the link amongst brain cells, as well as brain cells themselves thereby contributing to the creation of new nerve cells. Also Staying cognitively active over your lifetime may reduce the risk of Alzheimer by preventing he accumulation of Alzheimers related pathology says Susan Landau, a scientist at the Helen Willis Neuroscience Institute at University of Cal Berkeley.
Several “NEW” studies show that treating hypertension can reduce one risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease as well as other forms of cognitive impairment. While hypertension is not believed to be a cause of Alzheimer’s it can be considered a risk factor. It is thought to be partially responsible for the subcortical white matter lesions and a dysfunction of the blood brain barrier commonly found in Alzheimer’s diseased patients.
Furthermore, several other studies have begun to investigate which anti – hypertensive medications have the greatest impact upon reducing cognitive impairment. One study showed that centrally acting ACE inhibitors have the largest impact on improving cognition in patients with early stage cognitive impairment. ACE inhibitors helps remove amyloid plaque from brain tissue and thus frees it of it’s amyloid burden.
When you piece “the puzzle together“ the big picture gets brighter. While for instance in Alzheimer patients the brain has “gray matter” that consist of neurons (nerve cells), while the white matter consist of nerve fibers, as well as, glial cells which support the neurons. When you take into account “white matter disease” is damage done to the white matter by damaged blood vessels.
Apart from instances of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking being the biggest factors in ischemic white matter disease of the brain. Improving these factors can reduce the risk of vascular dementia. Which is similar to Alzheimer, whereas, dementia tends to be stable for a while then suddenly gets worse, Alzheimer disease progress slowly with this being a surprising method of testing yourself cheaply.
Also remember: that Lewy body dementia is the second most common type 0f dementia after Alzheimer. It’s always important to make a diagnosis 0f LBD rather than Alzheimer’s because the treatments are different. Many medicines used with success in Alzheimer disease are useless or will worsen LBD. So it’s important to get the right diagnosis, treatment with neither showing up in a CT scan or MRI and can be a struggle finding the right diagnosis/medicine. For helpful information www.lbda.org www.alz.org http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/alzheimers-disease-research-centers http://report.nih.gov/NIHfactsheets/ViewFactSheet.aspx?csid=107http://nihseniorhealth.gov/alzheimersdisease/research/01.html http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/about-adear-center http://alzfdn.org/ eldercare.gov caregiver.org
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Also April 2011, Coach Pat Summitt of The Lady Vols basketball team, in Knoxville Tennessee was diagnosed with early onset dementia. Starting her career in 1974, at the age of 22… she developed quite a reputation in her 38 years as head coach winning Eight 8 National Championships. Summitt determination remains with a mantra: keep fighting, keep living & keep making the most of everyday. Now – A – day’s she’s making an impact with the challenges of A.D. says, Dr. Ronald Petersen, the Director of Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota by launching The Pat Summitt Foundation. http://alzheimersawareness.net/im-still-here/