At Elite Medicine Clinics DFW, we want you to learn more about Alzheimer’s Disease as well as steps that you can take to reduce your risk. Our specialists provide thorough and compassionate medical care for those at risk for or diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and is classified as a disease. Dementia is an umbrella term for symptoms that affect memory, communication, and/or the ability to do daily activities. Alzheimer’s negatively impacts memory and cognitive abilities. Although it is slow, the disease does progress and unfortunately no cure has been found.
While Alzheimer’s Disease research continues in an effort to improve our understanding of the disease, it remains difficult to accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease while the patient is alive. However, specialists have fairly high rates of accuracy in diagnosing patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. The risk for Alzheimer’s Diseases increases as you age, but it is not considered part of the normal aging cycle.
If you or someone you love has Alzheimer’s Disease, it means there is damage caused by plaque deposits in the brain. This causes lost connections between cells and that inhibits regular brain function. Unfortunately, damage can occur years before any of the typical Alzheimer’s Disease symptoms are recognized. Life expectancy for those with Alzheimer’s Disease varies.
General symptoms of both Alzheimer’s and dementia include:
- Decreased cognitive ability
- Impairments to memory
- Impairments to communication
Symptoms more specific to Alzheimer’s include:
- Difficulty recalling specific events or discussions
- Apathetic attitude
- Behavioral changes
- Impairments to decision-making
In later stages of Alzheimer’s, some may experience increased difficulty with basic functions of walking, speaking, or swallowing.
At Elite Medicine Clinics DFW, we recommend medications to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. These medicines could be used to treat:
- Behavioral changes
- Memory loss
- Changes in sleep patterns
There is some evidence that coconut and fish oils may be helpful alternative remedies for healthy brain function.
A recent study has identified the following lifestyle patterns that influence the likelihood of Alzheimer’s Disease:
- Childhood education.Well-educated populations had lower rates of dementia. Starting the education earlier is beneficial.
- Midlife hearing loss. The brain damage combined with the lack of engagement in conversation seem to be negatively contributing to the risk of Alzheimer’s.
- Diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. Treating these conditions can help reduce the risks of Alzheimer’s.
- Smoking. Doctors recommended that anyone who smokes stops smoking immediately because the chemicals cause brain damage.
- Depression. If depression occurs late in life, it could be a result of dementia. Medicine may prevent the brain plaque from forming too quickly.
- Being socially isolated. Isolation has been linked to high blood pressure, depression, and heart disease, all of which could influence the occurrence of dementia.
- Sedentary lifestyle. Exercise has many benefits including improved mood, decreased fall risk, and overall good health. The more active you are, especially as you age, the risk for Alzheimer’s can decrease.
Based on these findings, the study recommends lifestyle adjustments to help avoid or deter the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.
The specialists at Elite Medicine Clinics DFW encourage you to make positive healthy changes right away and we can help you with exercise and diet plans as well as medical and health follow ups
If you or your loved one wants to learn more about preventing or treating Alzheimer’s Disease, please contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.