Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative condition that often starts slowly and gradually worsens over time. It is the cause of roughly two-thirds all of cases of dementia.
While the most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events, as the disease advances additional symptoms can include problems with language, disorientation, mood swings and other changes in personality and behaviors.
At present nearly six million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease and is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. although according to the National Institute on Aging (NIA) some estimates indicate the disorder may actually rank third just behind heart disease and cancer. By the year 2050, the number of cases is expected to rise to approximately 14 million.
The difficulties in treating this condition arise from lack of an identifiable root cause as well early diagnosis. Symptoms may be vague and at first only manifest as intermittent memory issues, such as the ability to recall recent events. As the disease advances additional symptoms can include:
-problems with language or finding the right words
-disorientation and spatial issues
-other changes in personality and behaviors
It’s important to note that while Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) can be an early sign of Alzheimer’s, exhibiting some short-term memory loss, forgetfulness and similar aging-related signs, these patients do not always go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Unfortunately there is no cure or a long-term pharmacological treatment that has proved to halt disease progression in most patients. Researchers are constantly seeking answers to arrive at a more promising method of treatment, including possible links between other diseases and Alzheimer’s as well as a connection to viruses, environmental influences and the impact of chronic inflammation.
Studies and innovative approaches to treatments for Alzheimer’s disease that draw upon established medical practices as it pertains to nutrition, stress reduction, supplements and more are the foundation of Dr. Dale Bredesen’s work. At Gazda Integrative Neurology, we are certified in the clinically proven Bredesen Protocol® that may comprise one aspect of a total care plan designed for each patient.