Are you forgetting not just your glasses but how to perform simple, everyday tasks like making a phone call or switching on the television? Are you facing difficulty recognizing familiar faces?  These may not simply be manifestations of age-induced forgetfulness but symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). In our blog this week, we focus on this widely talked about yet little understood medical condition.

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Alzheimers disease has affected more than 18 million people in the world. The symptoms for this condition are quite unassuming to begin with. This makes it difficult to identify these symptoms as indicators of the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Some of these symptoms have been listed below:

–   Difficulty in remembering things and recognizing faces.

–   Trouble in organizing and communicating thoughts.

–   Changes in sleep patterns.

–   Repeating statements and questions over and over again.

–   Difficulty with day to day activities.

–   Agitation and mood swings.

–   Misplacing things. 

What actually happens?

The nerve cells of a patient suffering from Alzheimer’s deteriorate and eventually die. In a matter of time the size of the brain shrinks drastically, losing the ability to do even the normal day to day activities. The brain stops registering new memories and soon the disease takes its toll on remembering and thinking abilities. 

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Reversing or slowing the factors that cause Alzheimer’s

While there is no established clarity regarding the underlying cause(s) of Alzheimer’s or the specific risk factors associated with it, experts believe Alzheimer’s is a result of a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Some of the things you can do to reverse or slow down the factors that cause Alzheimer’s are

1.  Be active – It is recommended that an active and busy life lessens the impact of Alzheimer’s. Most importantly regular and daily exercise is suggested; physical activity does slow down and help lower the risk of Alzheimer’s.

2.  Blood pressure and sugar – Both blood pressure and blood sugar levels do impact Alzheimer’s. It is recommended that both the blood pressure and blood sugar levels be kept under check to lower the impact of this deadly disease.

3.  Quit smoking – Though there is not much written about smoking and its effect on the proper functionality of the brain, studies show that smokers stand a greater chance of being affected with Alzheimer’s.

4.  Crack Depression – Try your best to keep your distance from depression. It can be due to stress, loss or just because of some hormones or just because of some nutritional deficiencies.

5.  Have a healthy body weight – Having a healthy body weight is another precautionary measure to stay clear from Alzheimer’s. Overweight people with the extra weight carry with them some unnecessary diseases too; one of them can be Alzheimer’s too. 

Preventing Alzheimer’s with diet inclusions:

1.  Magical Coconut Oil – Studies reveal that coconut oil has been found effective in getting this deadly disease treated. Inclusion of coconut oil in limited quantities in the everyday diet may possibly do some wonders.

2.  Vitamin B – Researchers have found that the ability of Vitamin B to lower the homocysteine helps to slow the effect Alzheimer’s has on the human brain.

3.  Turmeric Power – Turmeric has also been found to be a natural supplement in the battle against Alzheimer’s.

Although there is no cure for the disease, early detection can certainly help fight the disease better. Awareness about the disease is the first step towards combating Alzheimer’s – join Manipal Hospitals in our efforts to spread awareness about the disease.

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