Of the top 10 causes of death in America – Alzheimer’s is now No. 6 – Can we prevent it, cure it, or even slow its progression?
The current thinking on the cause is – plaque deposits in the brain. Proteins called beta-amyloid should normally cycle through the brain, these proteins form plaques that can build up (too much is produced) or not enough is being cleared from the brain. The plaque forms around neurons, gumming up the synapses and inhibiting normal cell work. As these plaques build up they form neurofibrillary ‘tangles’, or tau. These are bits of broken protein that clump together to form, presumably, neuron-choking plaques in the brain.
Can we remove the brain plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease? Can we slow cognitive decline? The drug companies are desperately trying to get something to the market and make big profits on Alzheimer’s disease. Of the 244 compounds that drug companies had tested against the disease in clinical trials from 2002 to 2012, just one had received FDA approval. That translates to a 0.4% success rate, compared with 19% for cancer drugs. Are they on the right track?
I believe we should at least try some brain booster nutrients, improve our sleep and discuss natural remedies to get a better quality of life (even if you think you are normal now) as we age. I don’t know of a way to completely eradicate dementia …but I can tell you this: It’s easier to add or maintain quality to your life then try to recover it! Right?
Think about it, if you don’t know you are mentally declining, you keep getting slowly worse waiting for symptoms and you never actually try prevention!
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