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Diet And Alzheimer's S Disease
Need a lot more info: To even start to give you an answer, i would need to know a lot more about you: your age, medical conditions, why you think you might be getting alzheimer's. And that's just to start. To actually make the diagnosis requires a thorough work-up including, at least, a good history, a brain scan, comprehensive psychometric testing, lab work, and a physical exam. And there's even more possibly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
Contact local: Alzheimer society. Check out "the judy fund". ...Read more
Common dementia: Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. Memory problems, word finding problems, word substitutions errors, getting lost in places that are familiar are often early symptoms. Also forgetting how to use tools that you used to know how to use. Finally, trouble evaluating info and following plans happen later. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Dementia: Alzheimer's is a specific form of dementia which includes severe short term and intermediate memory disturbance. There is some evidence it is genetic. There are very specific changes I the brain, but these are not easily identified by current brain scans ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A form of dementia: Alzheimer' s disease is one type of dementia, conditions marked by of decline in cognitive status because of brain changes which lead to problems functioning. Its exact cause is not known but the greatest risk factor is old age and some forms that run in families. Sometimes other reversible conditions such as depression or low sodium can mimic symptoms so a careful diagnosis is the first step ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown at present: Alzheimer's disease is one type of dementia, conditions marked by of decline in cognitive status & because of problems functioning.In spite of continuing research at this time exact cause is not known but greatest risk factor is old age & some forms run in families. Sometimes other conditions such as depression or low sodium can mimic symptom or worsen QOL so a careful diagnosis is first step. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
$64K question: We really still don't know how Alzheimer's disease starts, much less, how to cure it. Current medications only slow down progression of symptoms. In fact, we still debate whether plaques or tangles are cause or effect. Check out http://www.alz.org/braintour/plaques_tangles.asp for basics. We do know that heart healthy folks have lower risk so one way to avoid AD is to take care of your heart. ...Read more
Yes.: In the late stages of alzheimer's disease the body's vital functions break down. The body "forgets" how to swallow, the muscles grow rigid. The person starts to aspirate, they develop pneumonias, pressure ulcers and other infections that eventually kills them. It's important for patients and their families to talk with their doctor about an advanced directive before that happens. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: That is a billion or trillion dollar question. We know that when people have Alzheimer's parts of their brains die off in a certain order and cause specific symptoms. A myeloid plaques and tau tangles are found in people's brains. But we still don't know exactly what triggers the disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pt. history/MMSE.: A thorough history, information from relatives, and clinical observation especially in the form of a mini mental status exam (mmse) for dementia. Alzheimer's is a diagnosis of exclusion, and so other diseases, and drug effects must be ruled out. Imaging and biomarkers, like low glutamate help confirm the diagnosis, but the most definitive test is post mortem microscopic exam of brain tissue. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There's a New One: Besides the expected mild, moderate, & severe very nicely described by dr. Nash, there is now officially a 4th category --- mild cognitive impairment (mci). This is a stage before mild & the thinking is that here would lie your best bet at preventative strategies (if & when we find some of those). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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