An Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis might just be about the scariest news anyone could fear to hear from the doctor, but the fact is, those fearful diagnoses are on the increase in the United States. Currently, over 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease, and the Center for Disease Control says that number could grow to over 13 million by 2050.
Alzheimer’s Disease is debilitating, robbing its victims of memory, speech (not to mention communication of any kind), physical mobility, and finally life itself. As of today, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease is almost a certain death sentence, though its victims can languish for years and even decades with the crushing effects of the disease, giving Alzheimer’s Disease its tragic nickname: “The Long Goodbye.”
What is this miraculous discovery that can turn back time on the vicious, deadly clock of Alzheimer’s Disease? According to new research, it all revolves around a combination of diet, lifestyle, and certain medications. Utilizing all three of these changes at the same time, claims a new research paper, the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease — specifically, the memory loss — can be reversed.
While the research is still in its early phases — the current study, published in the journal Aging, only focuses on 10 different Alzheimer’s patients — the research team noted that the benefits of the combination of certain medications, diet, and lifestyle changes, could be sustained for over two years in some cases.
A new research paper has claimed that a customized combination of diet, medication, and lifestyle changes is capable in reversing the memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients to a certain extent. A small study, including 10 patients, discovered that they all demonstrated improvements in their memory during the initial few months. The research team noted that the improvement sustained more for some over a two-year period.
While all this may not seem like much, this is, in fact, the first time ever that the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease have proven to be reversible. While Alzheimer’s Disease itself may not be reversible — or curable — as of yet, reversing some of its horrific effects is certainly a step in the right direction.
“Imagine having a roof with 36 holes in it, and your drug patched one hole very well. The drug may have worked, and a single hole may have been fixed, but you still have 35 other leaks, and so the underlying process may not be affected much.”
Knowing just how devastating Alzheimer’s Disease is to its victims, and knowing just how much more prevalent the disease is expected to become in the coming decades, this new information regarding possible reversals to its effects is welcome news.
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