Prevention Of Alzheimer's Disease

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At first, you forget where you put everyday things or get lost. Then you stop thinking clearly and jumble your words, you might even feel angry or violent. In the end, you forget those closest to you. You will forget how to walk, sit up or even smile. Life is not what it used to be. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible brain ailment that destroys physical and mental functioning in people. This disease leaves its victims helpless and incapable of living; however, recent research suggests new treatment advancements are giving victims and their families’ new hope. Alzheimer’s disease progresses in stages of mild, moderate and severe. Alzheimer’s affects its victims with a permanent form of dementia that almost always results in death. People …show more content…
Questions often arise to whether, non-medicinal practices aid in prevention of Alzheimer’s . Kuhn, MSW ((2003 believes that there are always alternative treatments for any disease. Kuhn (2003) explores the most recent brain research in mammals. He tells us that a new finding in mammals tells us that nerve cells in the brain continue to generate long after maturation; this research suggests that similar cell generation is probable in humans. Through experimentation, researchers in recent years have demonstrated that lack of mental stimulation promotes the growth of new brain cells (73). This is where the theory of “use it or lose it” comes from. Kuhn also explores other theories of prevention such as exercise, massage, acupuncture and antioxidants. The theory of antioxidant prevention of Alzheimer’s is very promising. Research suggests that the death of brain cells occurring in people with Alzheimer’s partially results from the increased production of “free radicals,” oxygen molecules that cause damage throughout the body. There has been a great deal of speculation about the potential benefits of antioxidants in slowing down and preventing this damage (70). A major study that tested high doses of a common antioxidant, Vitamin E, among people in the middle to late stages of Alzheimer’s, those who took supplemental Vitamin E at about seventy times the recommended daily dosage experienced some beneficial effects (71). Year after year, more promising treatment options become available to those affected with Alzheimer’s disease. More research and early detection is crucial for find a cure for this

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