The Truth about Alzheimer’s

the truth about alzheimer

 

Alzheimer’s is a progressive neurological disease. It is the most common form of dementia, whereby the brain cells degenerate, leading to loss of memory and other cognitive skills. Many of the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s are overlooked due to misinformation about the normal process of aging. For instance, it is not uncommon to hear someone associate their age with their inability to remember things. Unfortunately, this leads to the loss of vital time that could be used to begin treatment protocols that can slow down the progression of the disease.

Here are some common myths about Alzheimer’s.

1. Alzheimer’s disease will not kill you. Actually, Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. But beyond this, Alzheimer’s robs a person of all the elements of life, even if they are still breathing. Memory loss, loss of motor abilities, severe cognitive dysfunction, eating disorders, loss of ability to connect to others, all of these drastically reduce quality of life.

2. There are drugs today to prevent or stop Alzheimer’s. Not true. Considerable research is going into developing drug protocols, but at this time, FDA-approved therapies can, at the most, delay worsening of symptoms for up to a year. They have proven to be effective for approximately half of the patients subscribed.
3. Only old people get Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a neurological disease that is not restricted to age. People as young as 30 can exhibit symptoms of early stage Alzheimer’s. In fact of the estimated 5 million people in America with Alzheimer’s, 200,000 are under the age of 65.

4. Poor memory is a part of aging. It is true that as a person grows older, it CAN become more challenging to remember things, such as a person’s name, or the name of some city you once visited. In fact, these days, all of us struggle with recall due a vast amount of information overload. For a person with Alzheimer’s this inability to remember is much more pronounced and serious. With Alzheimer’s the brain cells that control memory slowly die, causing the patient to forget even his or her closest family members. They can become lost on the way home, forgetting a route taken for decades. It is very important to distinguish the type of memory loss you or a loved one may be experiencing as soon as possible through consultation with a qualified healthcare practitioner so that appropriate measures can be taken as quickly as possible.

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5. Artificial sweeteners cause Alzheimer’s. Aspartame, commonly known as Equal or Nutrasweet, have been the subject of many health concerns. However, in spite of hundreds of clinical trials and laboratory tests, no concrete evidence has emerged to link aspartame to Alzheimer’s.

6. Risk to Alzheimer’s is increased if you have silver dental fillings. The silver used in dental fillings contains about 50% mercury. Mercury can be toxic to organs and brain cells. Therefore, some have expressed a correlation between the presence of silver fillings and Alzheimer’s disease. But, to date there has been no proof of a link, in spite of substantial research into the matter undertaken by top research universities and national health institutions.

7. Aluminum can cause Alzheimer’s. A few decades ago, some thought there might be a connection between cooking in aluminum pots or drinking from aluminum cans and the onset of Alzheimer’s. But, like the dental fillings, no study was able to prove aluminum to be a causative factor in developing Alzheimer’s.

8. You can develop Alzheimer’s from flu shots. While there is some evidence to suggest that flu shots can cause certain ailments, there is no proof that the shot causes Alzheimer’s. In fact, two studies, one out of Canada in 2001 and the second reported in JAMA in 2004 suggest that being vaccinated against the flu may actually lower the risk to developing Alzheimer’s.

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33 responses to “The Truth about Alzheimer’s

  1. Great review, as usual. I did not know that Alzheimer’s was the 6th leading cause of death in this country. More awareness of this disease is necessary.

  2. Unfortunately Alzheimer’s continues to spread as the baby boomers get older. I hope one day there is a cure but in someways I believe it is beyond a scientists comprehension to come up with a cure.

  3. My grandmother died from Alzheimer’s. It is good to know more about the disease that killed her.

  4. There is a lot of good info about the condition here. I find it very insightful. Thank you.

  5. Wow! I didn’t know it could actually kill you, thought it was just a memory thing. Lot of other things I didn’t realize. Great info. Thanks for posting.

  6. Article speaks the most information about Alzheimer’s disease that people can get as they older. By reading the article, I can take steps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease from getting worse from one of my relatives.

  7. Interesting how mercury can be linked to this type of neurological disorder as some media says it is actually good for you! Glad to hear the truths here especially about the current status of medicine.

  8. It is good that the studies, suggest that being vaccinated against the flu may actually lower the risk to developing Alzheimer’s. I didn’t know that. I guess some people thought you can develop Alzheimer’s from flu shots.

  9. It is good that the studies, suggest that being vaccinated against the flu may actually lower the risk to developing Alzheimer’s. I didn’t know that. I guess some people thought you can develop Alzheimer’s from flu shots.

  10. I have heard many of these myths before about Alzheimer’s and always took them at face value. I am glad to read that a lot of them are not even true. Thank you for taking the time to put some relief on my mind.

  11. It is refreshing to see myths being busted in a public forum such as this. So often we see the effects of this disease tear lives apart. It is encouraging to know the facts about what matters!

  12. This is a really educative write up.. I never knew half of all the causes of this disease this way people can work towards preventing it. Hopeful a cure is found soon.thanks for this info

  13. Love the article. Thanks for dispelling the myths about Alzheimer. I too was one of the people who believed that aluminum was a cause of Alzheimer’s. It’s unfortunate that people get this disease, but what’s even more disappointing is that science has not figured out how to fix it.

  14. Glad to hear the truths here especially about the current status of medicine.Thanks for dispelling the myths about Alzheimer. Thanks for posting.

  15. Great article with a lot of insight it’s good to know you can take steps to help your self in that area thank you so much for sharing this article

  16. I have heard many of these myths before. I work in a nursing home and have even had other nurses telling me these things. Thank you for taking the time to write this article. I will for sure be showing it to my co-workers. You have not only relieved my mind a little but I am sure many others as well.

  17. very nice article, it was nice to read that a lot of the myths i thought about Alzheimer aren’t true. I hope one day we find a cure for Alzheimer because it is very serious and sad thing when it happens

  18. Very nice article, Its a very helpful. Lot of information here that attract me.

  19. That’s a helpful article, there are lot of information, this article is basically telling about Alzheimer’s disease that one can get knowledge.

  20. Thanks for telling us that these myths are other true. I have heard of people with alzheimers, and they lead a very lonely life. People need to learn to be more positive and accepting.

  21. Love this article. Very informative. I love reading articles like this.

  22. This is a great article! Alzheimer’s is a horrible disease that touches many people and their families. Everyone should educate and inform themselves on the sickness. The more we learn the better off we are. Hopefully with awareness will come a cure.

  23. Great article. Very informative. My grandpa had alzheimer’s disease. I believe it runs in the family so I’m kind of scared. After reading this article, I feel that I have more knowledge on how to prevent this fatal disease.

  24. wow, i had no idea about any of this – im glad that someone is educating people about this disease!

  25. I did not know that Alzheimer’s was the 6th leading cause of death in this country. More awareness of this disease is necessary.

  26. Very interesting article. Alzheimer’s is one of the saddest diseases, and is so prevalent – much more research is needed so we can finally come up with a cure!

  27. Thanks for clearing up the myths. I’ve always been afraid to drink from aluminum cans. Now I can enjoy.

  28. I have a close family member who is very dear to the family but somehow cant seem too rememeber anything and its very sad because it would be very special if he could remember my first name . Or maybe even the first letter . But in other words please lets all work together too fight this disease .

  29. Thank you for helping to spread the truth about what Alzheimer’s is and dispelling the common misconceptions about the disease. Many diseases rob you of your physical health, but Alzheimer’s takes away your ability to remember who you are. I hope the resources devoted to this disease will find a treatment soon.

  30. Such an informative article! This is definitely a must read! I feel like there was so much I did not know! Thank you!

  31. Great summary. I think it’s very important that people not accept their symptoms of “just aging.” It’s so important to get help early.

  32. The myth about the flu shot and Alzheimer’s is new to me. It is always advisable to be cautious about linking vaccines of any kind to long-term disease, considering there are so many benefits to them.

  33. I remember hearing a while ago that Alzheimer’s disease can kill you… I thought it was pretty surprising. Even more surprising is that they are saying that your memory actually does NOT get worse as you age. That’s new to me, good article.

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