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Can estrogen prevent heart disease or alzheimer's disease?

Can estrogen prevent heart disease or alzheimer's disease?

Can!: Heart disease prevention is now well established in women with early menopause (surgical or natural) and women in there fifties. No benefits are present for older women. The earlier the benefits, the greater the benfits. Cancer of the colon, osteoporosis, and less alzeiheimer's are documented and longer sexual functioning! ...Read more

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Are cardiovascular disease and ischemic heart disease the same disease?

Are cardiovascular disease and ischemic heart disease the same disease?

Close: The way i define it is that cardiovascular disease refers to the present of plaque (arterial disease) in the arteries of the heart. Ischemic heart disease means that the disease in the arteries has now decreased the blood flow to the heart and is affecting how it functions. Ischemic heart disease is a subset of cardiovascular disease. ...Read more

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Do peripheral arterial disease and heart disease share preventive measures?

Do peripheral arterial disease and heart disease share preventive measures?

Yes.: Cardiovascular disease is a systemic process. By taking measures to reduce the risk of heart disease, you are also reducing the same risks that cause peripheral arterial disease (pad). These measures include control of high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol; regular physical activity; and not smoking. A cardiocentric approach is required to reduce the impact on clinical outcomes. ...Read more

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Crohn's disease & metabolic bone disease. Is there a relation?

Crohn's disease & metabolic bone disease. Is there a relation?

Yes: Yes, potentially by three mechanisms: first, a percentage of patients with Crohn's disease will have an inflammatory arthritic component to it that can affect the bones; second, patients with Crohn's can have malabsorption of some of the key nutrients that make bone string; and third, some of the medications used to treat Crohn's can impact bone health. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Could Parkinson's disease affect the mind?

Could Parkinson's disease affect the mind?

You bet it could: We term this parkinsonian dementia, and it is very different from alzheimer's disease, and often occurs late in the course, but ultimately about 70% of all patients will display some cognitive issues. ...Read more

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What distinguishes Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's disease?

What distinguishes Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's disease?

Many things.: Parkinson's Disease will present with physical symptoms such as shakiness, stiffness of the limbs causing a shuffling gait, lack of facial expression causing a mask-like face and the dementia may occur later while Alzheimer's dementia starts with gradual memory problems which begin to get worse in a few years and maybe accompanied with paranoid delusions. ...Read more

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Antioxidants prevent chronic diseases like heart disease?

Antioxidants prevent chronic diseases like heart disease?

We thought so..: So we knew that oxidative stress is a key factor in cancers and other disease processes. So naturally we thought, lets load patients with antioxidants to prevent that. We did studies and it showed antioxidants have no effect. Which means there's a lot more to it than the oxidation issue. So although logic says antioxidants are good, we just don't have definitive proof of it. ...Read more

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Can chronic kidney disease increase my risk for coronary artery disease?

Can chronic kidney disease increase my risk for coronary artery disease?

Yes: Renal hypertension can be related and can aggravate cad. Treatment of hypertension is a part of the overall rx for cad. ...Read more

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Which systems does Alzheimer's disease affect?

Which systems does Alzheimer's disease affect?

The brain: Currently the thought is that Alzheimer is the result of amyloid plaques, Tau protein, deposited in the brain creating neurofibrillary tangles and impacting the neuro signaling process and causing wasting and deterioration of the brain and body. Course of the disease is progressive and leads to end stage within ten years. Some genetic predisposition is suggested, and no known cure exists. ...Read more

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Is inherited heart disease different from other heart disease?

Is inherited heart disease different from other heart disease?

In large part, no.: There are inherited factors that will make a person at high risk for heart disease (atherosclerotic disease). These include abnormal cholesterol profile, diabetes mellitus, family history of heart disease at young age, essential hypertension. So-called environmental factors, such as smoking, obesity, chronic stress, are also important. Aging starts in your twenties. Start a healthy lifestyle today. ...Read more

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Will dbs affect risk genes in alzheimer's disease? If so, how?

DBS: Deep brain stimulation affects nerve transmission and function with improved outcomes in parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and many dystonias, but so far, no role in alzheimer's, but at least one project in on way. At best, it may help symptoms, but has no effect on genetic susceptibility. ...Read more

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Is alzheimer's disease related to prions?

Is alzheimer's disease related to prions?

No: Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia while Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (a variant of Mad Cow disease) due to prions is a very rare form of dementia. Check out http://www.alz.org/dementia/creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-cjd-symptoms.asp for more CJD info and www.alz.org in general for more info re dementia and its specific forms. ...Read more

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Is gum disease is linked directly to heart disease?

Is gum disease is linked directly to heart disease?

Of course: A growing number of research finds that bacteria, plaque and inflammation (gum disease) in your mouth are linked to heart disease and stroke. See your dentist, it may actually save your life. ...Read more

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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease includes crohn's and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's has the potential of being a lifelong disease as it can involve any portion of the GI tract from mouth to anus. Ulcerative colitis only involves the colon; thus worse case scenario, removing the entire colon is a cure. See a GI doctor/colorectal surgeon for more details. ...Read more

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What role does celiac disease play in peripheral neuropathy?

What role does celiac disease play in peripheral neuropathy?

Common: Peripheral neuropathy (burning, tingling or numbness in hands or feet) is a relatively common finding in celiac disease and may predate other manifestations. Of concern, although it may 'just' be associated with nutritional deficiences, it 'can be' associated with lymphoma. Please be evaluated. Gltuen-free diet will not improve the neuropathy - but may prevent further deterioration. ...Read more

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How do antioxidants prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration?

How do antioxidants prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration?

Maybe: For macular degeneration - free radicals appear to play a significant role. There is currently a prevention arm of the areds which is looking at supplements in preventing the progression of macular degeneration. It's often better to eat a good diet, exercise and reduce other risk factors than take supplements. Oh yes, please don't smoke! ...Read more

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