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Doctor insights on: Diet And Alzheimer's S Disease

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Dr. Lisa Catapano-Friedman Dr. Catapano-Friedman
Psychiatry
40 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Am I getting alzheimer´s disease?

Am I getting alzheimer´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 more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
2,585 doctors shared insights

Diet (Definition)

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


Dr. Milton Mintz Dr. Mintz
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
63 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Ladislav Volicer Dr. Volicer
Psychiatry - Geriatric
58 years in practice
Charles University in Prague Faculty of Medicine
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Can there be such a thing as premature Alzheimer's disease when a female is in her mid 20's?

Can there be such a thing as premature Alzheimer's disease when a female is in her mid 20's?

Very rare: It may happen in a family where several members developed alzheimer's disease in an early age. That is because there is a bad gene transmitted in that family. ...Read more

Dr. Maureen Nash Dr. Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
20 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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What is Alzheimer's disease?

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 more

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Dr. John Moranville Dr. Moranville
Psychiatry
32 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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What is alzheimer's disease?

What is alzheimer's disease?

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 more

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Dr. Hindi Mermelstein Dr. Mermelstein
Psychiatry - Geriatric
33 years in practice
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
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What is alzheimer's disease?

What is alzheimer's disease?

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 more

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Dr. Hindi Mermelstein Dr. Mermelstein
Psychiatry - Geriatric
33 years in practice
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
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What causes Alzheimer's disease?

What causes Alzheimer's disease?

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 more

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Dr. Benjamin Lessig Dr. Lessig
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
21 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Is alzheimer's disease inherited?

Is alzheimer's disease inherited?

Likely yes: If there is a strong history of alzheimer's disease in the family like grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, brothers or sisters, then you could be at risk of developing it. ...Read more

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Dr. Ladislav Volicer Dr. Volicer
Psychiatry - Geriatric
58 years in practice
Charles University in Prague Faculty of Medicine
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Help! what is alzheimer's disease?

Brain failure: Alzheimer's disease (ad), is one form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time. It affects memory, thinking, and behavior. You can get more information at www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash Dr. Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
20 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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Is alzheimer's disease hereditary?

Is alzheimer's disease hereditary?

Yes: Early onset alzheimers has a very large genetic component. Those who get the illness in their 60's, 70's or older have a much smaller genetic component contributing to their illness. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash Dr. Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
20 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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How do you get alzheimer's disease?

No one knows: There are some genetic compenents, and there are factors that increase risk. Those things that keep your heart healthy also generally help keep your brain healthy. ...Read more

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Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
26 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How does Alzheimer's disease start?

How does Alzheimer's disease start?

$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

Dr. Keegan Duchicela Dr. Duchicela
Family Medicine
10 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Can people die from alzheimer's disease?

Can people die from alzheimer's disease?

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 more

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Dr. Benjamin Lessig Dr. Lessig
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
21 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What ia the age for Alzheimer's disease?

It varies: The brain function start to decline as early as age of 30. The earliest development of alzheimer's disease could begin at age of 40. It can be last anywhere from 2-20 years with average of 8-9 years. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash Dr. Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
20 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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What usually causes alzheimer's disease?

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 more

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Dr. Ladislav Volicer Dr. Volicer
Psychiatry - Geriatric
58 years in practice
Charles University in Prague Faculty of Medicine
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What usually causes alzheimer's disease?

What usually causes alzheimer's disease?

Nobody knows: In most cases, it is not clear what are the causes of alzheimer's disease. In some cases, the cause is an abnormal gene but that is true in only about 5% of people with alzheimer's disease. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Woods Dr. Woods
Pathology
24 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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What are the tests for alzheimer's disease?

What are the tests for alzheimer's disease?

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 more

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Dr. Horacio Capote Dr. Capote
Psychiatry
years in practice
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What are the stages of alzheimer's disease?

What are the stages of alzheimer's disease?

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 more

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Dr. Ladislav Volicer Dr. Volicer
Psychiatry - Geriatric
58 years in practice
Charles University in Prague Faculty of Medicine
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Can a 21 yrs male have alzheimer's disease?

Can a 21 yrs male have alzheimer's disease?

Rarely: There are some families with bad genes where several members develop alzheimer's disease at an early age but they are quite rate. ...Read more

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Dr. Ladislav Volicer Dr. Volicer
Psychiatry - Geriatric
58 years in practice
Charles University in Prague Faculty of Medicine
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How bad can alzheimer's disease actually be?

How bad can alzheimer's disease actually be?

Very bad: I can lead to complete dependence on others for all activities of daily living. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
507 doctors shared insights

Alzheimer's Disease (Definition)

A progressively worsening brain disorder that affects memory. Symptoms usually begin with increasing forgetfulness and confusion and can progress to the inability to ...Read more