In recent years, and because they are not well known causes of Alzheimer’s disease, has placed great emphasis on early diagnosis of the disease rather than preventive treatment or slow the disease.
Although no solid evidence that a change in lifestyle can prevent this disease, many scientific studies show that certain behaviors may help protect against mental decline. In particular, there is evidence that some medications and lifestyles that protect the heart may also have their role in preventing this disease. Currently, there are many drugs in research and measures briefly discussed below:
- Some epidemiological studies have suggested that NSAIDs protect against developing Alzheimer’s disease, although no conclusive evidence. In addition, other studies have associated long-term use of these drugs with the preservation of cognitive function and prevention of early cognitive impairment as well as a decrease in the incidence of Parkinson’s disease.
Some researchers, until they provide more conclusive data, have proposed a low dose of ibuprofen (200 mg/day) to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, especially those with a strong family history of disease and knowing that this treatment has not proved anything. Read the rest of this entry »
Alzheimer’s disease, the main type of dementia which is discussed primarily in this article, most often affects people over 65 years. Basically it is a serious disorder, progressive in nature, the functioning of the brain with impaired memory, thought process, speech and behavior. Its causes are not well known yet, although we know that there are significant chemical and structural changes in the brains of people who have it. These changes affecting the ability to process, store and retrieve information.
The clinical manifestations of the disease are highly variable and change as the condition progresses. At first common mood swings and personality. Later, there is a disturbance of recent memory, and trouble finding the words you want. These changes may be subtle and unconsciously adapted the family can contribute to this deterioration in delayed recognition. Finally, affect other functional capabilities and problems arise, for example, driving a car, carry their own financial accounts, hygiene and meals, etc.. Read the rest of this entry »
Can we prevent dementia?
That is the question, with capitals. This article will briefly review some important facts of dementia, and later focus on the disease prevention measures currently in use or research.
Age and family history of disease are the two main risk factors for this devastating disorder. A history of first-degree relationship with a patient suffering from the disease increased 3 times the risk of contracting it. This relationship is especially true in cases where the disease appear early, ie in younger people. It was found that women at increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease than men. Read the rest of this entry »
Scientific evidence shows that physical activity is consistent not only welcomed by muscles and circulatory system, but also activates the nervous system and even promotes neuronal regeneration.
On many occasions, the sports world becomes a mirror of the difficulties faced by humans and how to overcome them. Thus, a very famous baseball player who has fallen into drug addiction will be admired after overcoming the trance, like a footballer who has had the courage and determination to overcome injury or illness.
Serve the introduction to say that people who play sports most of his life living much better than the others, because they benefit not only muscles, circulatory system and oxygen to the brain, but because the regular physical activity stimulates the appearance of substances in turn, promote the establishment and functioning of neurotransmitters (chemicals that transmit information from one neuron to another) and intervene directly in the creation of new cells in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), which until recently was believed impossible. Read the rest of this entry »
For the diagnosis of dementia is essential to develop the patient’s history, as this document lets you know how long have the symptoms, what their family history and if you have hypertension or diabetes.
Then the person is the subject of studies to evaluate their neural tissues, such as computed tomography (X-ray system that produces images “in slices) or magnetic resonance (graphics obtained through the use of magnetic fields). They are also essential to measure brain electrical activity (elecroencefalograma) and blood tests for infections, vitamin deficiency, poisoning by drugs and thyroid disorders. Read the rest of this entry »
Although dementia is due to different causes, generally manifested by certain symptoms:
- Progressive memory loss short and long term.
- Inability to concentrate.
- Difficult to locate in time and space.
- Place objects outside their usual place.
- Hallucinations and confusion.
- Altered perception. Read the rest of this entry »
It is the deterioration of mental faculties such a degree that interferes with work and social activities that people perform normally. Thus, memory, thought, opinion, concentration, communication and learning abilities are impaired, plus it can cause deterioration of personality. Not a single disease, but several long-term conditions that worsen with time, in example, they are chronic degenerative diseases.
Dementia usually develops in people over 60 years, but this does not mean that part of the normal aging process or rule that could appear before, for example, from the fourth decade of life. It also indicates occur in young people caused by accidents, illness or exposure to toxic substances. Read the rest of this entry »