Alzheimer-An Old Age Disease.

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Alzheimer?

Human body organs are interrelated to each other and are made to perform their intended functions at the same time.The human brain is one of them and contrives the central nervous system.A brain is an organ that controls and performs some of the major functions of the body. There are many key factors that determine the activities of human memory. A set of diseases are there which hampers the performance of the human brain and these are called as the memory related diseases. Alzheimer is also one of them. It is among the top ten leading causes of death.


Alzheimer’s in India is rapidly becoming more and more common in the society. The disease progresses with the passage of time and as a person gets older and older the disease also matures. There are already more than 26 Million patients of this deadly disease worldwide and this count is increasing with each passing second. This disease is a genetic disorder and currently, there is no way to control this disorder. The disease is said to affect the people of all ages but people in their 60s are hit hardest and this disease progresses with the passage of time.




What is Alzheimer’s disease?


Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder, which is characterized by a decline in memory, language, thinking and problem-solving skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. In Alzheimer’s disease, the damage and destruction of brain cells(neuron) eventually affect other parts of the body, including those that enable a person to carry out basic bodily functions such as walking and swallowing. It becomes more severe in final stages and makes people bed-bound.Patients with Alzheimer requires around-the-clock care. Alzheimer’s disease is ultimately fatal which is incurable but preventable.


What is Dementia?


Dementia is a loss of cognitive functioning and decline in mental ability such as thinking, remembering and reasoning and behavioral activities to an extent that it affects a person's daily life and activities.

What causes Alzheimer's disease?


Alzheimer is caused by the death of brain cell.It is a neurodegenerative disease, which means there is progressive brain cell death that happens over a period of time.


Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease-

  • Memory loss that inversely affects daily activities
  • Difficulties in planning and solving problems
  • Difficulties in performing daily tasks at home or at work
  • Difficulties in  understanding of safety risks
  • Inability to manage finances
  • Confusion with time or locations
  • Inability to recognize faces, relatives or common objects 
  • Difficulty thinking of common words while speaking, hesitations
  • Speech, spelling, and writing errors.
  • Rapid mood changes, including agitation
  • Lack of motivation or initiative
  •  Detachment and social withdrawal
  • Loss of sympathy.
  •  Socially unacceptable behavior.

Conditions that may cause Alzheimer's disease include:


  • Side effects of medicines
  •  Alcoholism
  • Tumors or infections in the brain
  • Blood clots in the brain
  • Vitamin B12,B3,B6,D and E deficiency
  • Thyroid, Kidney or Liver disorders or failures
  • Stroke or brain hemorrhage 
  • Lack of Sleep 

How to diagnose Alzheimer?

  • A thorough medical history.
  • Mental status and mood testing.
  • A physical and neurological exam.
  • Tests such as blood tests and brain imaging 

Is Alzheimer's disease curable?


Currently, there is no successful cure for the dreaded disease Alzheimer's.But several medicines may help with both cognitive and behavioral symptoms. Researchers are still looking for new treatments and finding new ways to cure the disease and improve the quality of life.



Can natural remedies help to reverse Alzheimer’s? 


The answer to this question is an obviously yes!! We just need to start treating the affected person as soon as possible(the earlier the better).


     Natural remedies for Dementia and Alzheimer's treatment options are-


      Coconut oil- Coconut oil works well for dementia patients.Coconut oil contains substances called ketones, which are a powerful brain food.It helps to rebuild the dead nerves of the brain so that it can perform better.


     Cinnamon Extract-  Researchers have confirmed that dementia is actually a type of  diabetes. In fact, Alzheimer's is now being labeled as type 3 diabetes.What this means is  the brain has basically become “insulin resistant”. But what’s really exciting is that  cinnamon extract, which works extremely well for type I and type II diabetes, also works    very well for dementia – especially Alzheimer’s disease.

      

      Group Vitamins, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E- B-family vitamins may play a significant role in dementia especially vitamin B6,  Vitamin B3 and B12.Vitamin D and Vitamin E are also helpful to strengthening the brain.

      

       Filtered water- Helps to flush toxins from the body and hydrate the cells(including brain    cells)


      Green tea  – Green tea contains powerful antioxidants known as catechins which remove harmful toxins and chemicals from the body. A component in these teas has also been shown to decrease brain beta-amyloid plaque formation.


      Turmeric- Drink a glass of turmeric milk also called as golden milk every day.


 Almond- Eat one ounce or a small handful of dry roasted almonds daily to help prevent AD.



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