It has been said that the eyes are the windows of your soul. Well there is nothing more devastating than looking into a loved ones eyes, and not seeing anyone home. Instead you encounter the sadness, fear and devastation of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Alzheimer Statistics

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 60 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. By the year 2050, a new patient will succumb to the disease every 33 seconds.

These are alarmingly statistics, to say the least. The disease has now reached epidemic proportions, with 5.4 million Americans—including one in eight people aged 65 and over—living with Alzheimer’s disease.

In the next twenty years, it is projected that Alzheimer’s will affect one in four Americans. Should that happen, Alzheimer’s will be more widespread than obesity and diabetes is today!

What is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer's disease is also known as simply Alzheimer's, and Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (SDAT). Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. The disease is progressive and worsens over time eventually becoming terminal.

It is a neurological disease of the brain leading to the irreversible loss of neurons and the loss of intellectual abilities. This includes loss of memory and reasoning, which become severe enough to hinder social or occupational functioning.

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association has published these 10 warning signs for early detection. You can link here for easy access. Know the 10 signs of Alzheimers

How do you get Alzheimer’s?

Although we have no definitive proof of what causes ALZ, doctors have made educated recommendations for preventing this type of brain deterioration. A number of factors have been linked to dementia.

• Fructose (more than 25 gram per day) will catalyze the
impact of every other risk factor like exposure to aluminum,
mercury, or even genetic predispositions
Obesity, especially belly fat
• Diabetes
• Elevated uric acid levels
• High blood pressure
• Heart disease and atrial fibrillation (44% more likely)
• Thyroid dysfunction
• Head trauma (keep your seatbelt fastened)
• Anticholinergic drugs (some night-time pain relievers,
Antihistamines, sleep aids, certain antidepressants,
Medications to control incontinence, and certain narcotic
Pain relievers)
• Vitamin D deficiency

Alzheimer’s Breakthrough

Sadly, there are no known cures and very few effective treatments so prevention is extremely important to maintain a life without ALZ.

Scientists are excited about a recent study on Astaxanthin due to its antioxidant properties. Astaxanthin is the natural pigment that makes flamingos pink. The birds are born with gray feathers, but after consuming their natural diet of Astaxanthin-containing algae and crustaceans, they turn pink!

It has been found to reduce the accumulation of phospholipid hydroperoxidases (PLOOH)—compounds known to accumulate in the red blood cells of people who suffer from dementia—and scientists now believe Astaxanthin could help prevent dementia, including Alzheimer's.

What can you do?

Besides Astaxathin, science has shown that natural treatments of coconut oil, Gingko biloba and alpha lipoic acid (ALA) have promise in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s, Dementia.

Key approaches to preventing and reducing the symptoms of dementia include

• Good dietary choices
• Regular exercise…physical and mental
• Consuming enough B vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin E and high-quality omega-3 fats

Vitamin D can also fight depression, which is frequently experienced in people with dementia.

“Senior Moments” are NOT a part of aging. Let’s do everything in our power to help our parents, older relatives and friends, live healthy and rewarding lives. Keep in touch with them and always be on the look-out for any of the ten warning signs of dementia, Alzheimer’s.

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