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Alzheimer's Disease
 
Standard Definition

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia in the elderly, accounting for approximately 60% of cases of dementia. Alzheimer's is defined as memory loss with at least one other area of cognitive (mental) impairment (e.g., language, attention, orientation, self-monitoring, judgment, motor skill, inability to perform daily activities). Memory loss typically begins around 65 years of age, slowly worsening over 8 to 10 years.

 
 
Underlying Disruption in Function

The nerve tissue in the brain of Alzheimer's patients have 'plaques' and 'tangles' that cause problems in brain function. A gene for epsilon apolipoprotein (Apo E) appears to influence the development of Alzheimer's. Apo E is one of the proteins that accumulate in nerve plaques in Alzheimer's. Between 50% and 80% of person's with the gene develop Alzheimer's, indicating that the cause of the disease is multifactorial and involves environmental factors.

Beta amyloid, the main component of neuritic plaques, is a source of free radicals. This oxidative stress causes increased production of prostaglandins and, in the case of Alzheimer's, excess glutamate that, in turn, destroys neurons. Accumulation of beta amyloid in the brain's blood vessels affects blood supply to the brain.

Other factors that can cause damage to either brain tissue or the blood supply to the brain, include infections, heavy metals (aluminum, mercury, zinc, copper, and iron), electromagnetic fields, hormonal and nutritional deficiencies.

 
 
Possible Causes, Triggers & Exacerbating Factors

The cause of Alzheimer's disease is thought to be mixed and involves genetic factors, environmental influences, and oxidative stress.

  • Family history
  • Advanced age
  • Longstanding hypertension
  • Elevated homocysteine
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Exposure to electromagnetic fields
 
 
Common Signs & Symptoms
  • Memory loss, poor concentration and attention span
  • Language deficits, including word finding, comprehension, repetition, and fluency.
  • Personality and behavioral changes, depression, delusion, aggression, withdrawal
  • Disorientation
  • Poor movement control, muscle rigidity and shuffling gait, seizures
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Weight loss, incontinence
  • Brain changes as detected by MRI
 
 
Possible Additional Integrative Medicine Diagnostic Tests

(This is additional information that does not replace nor negate conventional diagnosis. Other tests may be useful depending on the individual circumstance.)

  • Vitamin and Mineral assessment
  • Heavy Metal and Toxicity assessment
  • Hormonal testing
  • Biochemical assessments
 
 
Links & Other Information

Contact YourHealth for referenced material regarding this condition, any of the diagnostic tests or therapies mentioned.

 

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