Alzheimer's Disease

Definition of Alzheimer's Disease:

A progressive disease of the middle-aged and elderly, characterized by loss of function and death of nerve cells in several areas of the brain, leading to loss of mental functions such as memory and learning.  Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia.

Also: Alzheimer's

Topics Related to Alzheimer's Disease

Alcohol Consumption

...as a treatment
“...reported), moderate consumers of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine or distilled spirits or liquor) are generally less likely to suffer hypertension or high blood pressure, peripheral artery disease, Alzheimer's disease and even the common cold...”

Aluminum Consumption Avoidance

...as a treatment
“...Experiments have shown that many of those Alzheimer's Disease patients given treatment to remove aluminum from their system experience an immediate reduction in the rate of deterioration...”
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Alzheimer's Disease

...the condition
Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of senile dementia...”
...our question about Difficulty with speaking
“Difficulty speaking is a common symptom of Alzheimer's Disease and is often made worse by patients being unable to remember simple words or concentrate on what they are saying.”
...relationship to Senile Dementia
Alzheimer's Disease is the most common cause of dementia, being responsible for 60-80% of cases...”
...relationship to Dehydration
“...This may induce a confusional state which may be mistaken for a dementing illness such as Alzheimer's.”
...relationship to Heavy Metal Toxicity
“Because Alzheimer's patients often exhibit increased concentration of heavy metals in their blood and brain, toxic exposure is believed to play an important role.”
...relationship to Lyme Disease
“Spirochetes, such as those found in Lyme disease, may be one of the causes of Alzheimer's disease and may also be the source of beta amyloid deposited in the brains of such infected patients.”
...recommendation Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)
“Low levels of vitamin B12 have been linked to an increased risk Alzheimer's disease.  It remains unclear as to whether B12 supplementation will reduce the risk.”
...recommendation Aerobic Exercise
“...Patients with Alzheimer's disease have been found to have had lower levels of physical activity earlier in life...”
...recommendation Melatonin
“Melatonin, a powerful antioxidant and heavy-metal-chelating agent, has been shown to protect against heavy metal exposure which is in turn implicated in Alzheimer's Disease.  Ensuring normal melatonin levels therefore has a protective effect...”
...recommendation NSAIDs
“At least twenty studies suggest that Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs – common non-prescription drugs – may slow or prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease by as much as 60%...”
...recommendation Phosphytidalserine
“Although not a cure, placebo-controlled and double-blind studies involving patients with early Alzheimer's disease have shown mild benefits from 300mg per day of PS supplementation when used for three to twelve weeks...”
...recommendation Processed Foods Avoidance
“...Researchers have found that diabetes mellitus (for which these are risk factors) nearly doubles the risk of developing both vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease.”
...recommendation Zinc
“Maintain adequate zinc status: Reduced levels of zinc are being linked to Alzheimer's disease.  In one study, 38 elements were evaluated by neutron activation and mass spectrometry in the post-mortem brain tissue of eleven Alzheimer's patients and six controls...”
...recommendation Testosterone
“...New evidence suggests that testosterone may enhance memory function and protect against the development of Alzheimer's disease.  Neuroscientists from Rockefeller University and Weill Medical College of Cornell University recently discovered that when neural cells from the brains of rats are exposed to...”
...recommendation Vitamin B-Complex
“...In one study, 76 Alzheimer's patients had lower blood levels of folic acid and vitamin B12 than 108 age-matched control subjects...”
...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
“Both vitamin E and vitamin C supplements reduced the incidence of Alzheimer's disease in a 1998 study...”
...recommendation Vitamin E
“...Several studies have shown that vitamin E, an anti-oxidant, can slow progression of Alzheimer's.”
...recommendation Folic Acid
“There is growing evidence suggesting that low blood folate levels can increase the risk of getting Alzheimer's.  In an ongoing study searching for new clues to the aging process, researchers took blood samples of nuns between the ages of 78-101 years old living in a convent in Mankato, Minnesota...”
...recommendation Selenium
“See the link between Alzheimer's Disease and Zinc.”
...recommendation Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Avoidance
“Aspartame use has been reported to trigger symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.”
...recommendation Acupuncture
“The Chinese consider acupuncture to be an effective therapy for Alzheimer's disease.  There is solid evidence that acupuncture increases certain neurotransmitters in the brain and can actually stimulate nerve regeneration...”
...recommendation Estrogen Replacement
“Estrogen replacement therapy may help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or delay its occurrence, but it does not help once disease is established...”
...recommendation Aluminum Consumption Avoidance
Alzheimer's Disease has been linked to a number of risk factors, including exposure to aluminum...”
...recommendation DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
“...This suggests that proper DHA intake may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's.”
...recommendation Chlorella
“A study showed that among 50 people with Alzheimer's, aged 70-90, taking 6gm daily of chlorella for 6 months, 68% experienced either a stabilization or improvement in cognitive functions.”

Antioxidant Requirement

...the condition
“...to high proportions of fruit and vegetables to lower mortality and to a reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease, cancers, cataracts and macular degeneration, cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease.  Although clear cause-and-effect relationships are difficult to establish, these protective effects are probably due to combinations of nutrients and also to the non-nutritive...”

Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Avoidance

...as a treatment
“...may mimic symptoms of, or worsen: Fibromyalgia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease, lupus, multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), diabetes and diabetic Complications, seizures, Alzheimer's disease, birth defects, chronic fatigue syndrome, lymphoma, Lyme's disease, attention deficit disorder (ADD and ADHD), panic disorder, depression and other psychological disorders...”

Aspirin

...as a treatment
“...Years ago, researchers noticed a link between arthritis, leprosy and the incidence of Alzheimer's.  As part of the standard treatment for arthritis and leprosy was the use of aspirin...”

Atrophic Gastritis

...the condition
“...These deficiencies may be disguised as Alzheimer's disease or senile dementia...”

Brain Tumor

...our question about Bulging eyes
“...In elderly people, they may cause memory loss and difficulty in thinking, similar to that found with Alzheimer's disease.”

Broad Beans

...as a treatment
“...Rich in choline (part of acetylcholine), consuming broad beans can help to maintain the memory in Alzheimer's patients.  Broad beans can combat low sexual desire (low libido); they are an aphrodisiac...”

Chinese Skullcap

...as a treatment
“...These same anti-inflammatory properties also appear to benefit patients with Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease...”

Chronic Inflammation

...relationship to Alzheimer's Disease
“Research published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation in July, 2012 has shown that chronic inflammation can leave the brain vulnerable to developing Alzheimer's.”

Coffee

...as a treatment
“...Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease: Some studies have shown that coffee may help reduce the risk of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease...”

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

...the condition
“...Some symptoms of CJD can be similar to symptoms of other progressive neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's or Huntington's disease...”

DHEA

...as a treatment
“...over 2,500 medical references regarding this substance, there are some excellent articles on the prevention of cancer, arteriosclerosis, autoimmune diseases such as lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, hypercholesterolemia, depression, and osteoporosis...”

Diabetes Type I

...relationship to Alzheimer's Disease
“...The researchers found that diabetes mellitus nearly doubles the risk of developing both vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease.  Diagnosis of diabetes was based on World Health Organization criteria using a glucose tolerance test...”
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Diabetes Type II

...relationship to Alzheimer's Disease
“...The researchers found that diabetes mellitus nearly doubles the risk of developing both vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease.  Diagnosis of diabetes was based on World Health Organization criteria using a glucose tolerance test...”

DMAE

...as a treatment
“...Several studies have shown no memory benefit in senile dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.  Elevates mood...”

Elevated Cortisol Levels

...recommendation Phosphytidalserine
“...Plaques of this type have been observed in Alzheimer's patients.  PS also helps brain cells communicate and improves both memory and the ability to concentrate.”

Elevated Homocysteine Levels

...relationship to Alzheimer's Disease
“People with elevated levels of homocysteine have nearly double the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to a report from researchers at Boston University...”

Estrogen Replacement

...as a treatment
“...Preliminary studies suggest that estrogen replacement therapy may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease by up to 40%...”

Excess Animal Fat Consumption

...the condition
“...These diets also appear to protect to varying degrees against Alzheimer's disease, dementia, Crohn's disease, kidney failure, multiple sclerosis, premature aging, erectile dysfunction, prostate enlargement, and reduced male fertility...”

Excess Salt Consumption

...relationship to Alzheimer's Disease
“...Just over a teaspoon (7.7gm) of salt a day can dull the mind and raise the risk of Alzheimer's, the study suggests...”

Fluoride Toxicity

...the condition
“...Major Related Diagnoses: Alzheimer's disease/demyelinizing diseases, anemia, arthritis, breast cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, decrease in testosterone/spermatogenesis, altered vas deferens/testicular growth, decreased dental...”

Ginkgo Biloba

...as a treatment
“...It also offers significant protective action against the development of Alzheimer's disease, hearing loss and strokes, and it protects arterial walls...”

High Total Cholesterol

...relationship to Alzheimer's Disease
“It is thought that the connection between high cholesterol and Alzheimer's disease exists in a protein called beta-amyloid, a sticky substance that builds up in the brains of Alzheimer's patients leading to nerve cell damage and loss of cognitive function...”

Huntington's Disease

...our question about Amount of green tea consumed
“As with Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, a chemical found in green tea helps to break down amyloids, which play a key role in the development of brain diseases such as Huntington's disease.”

Insomnia

...the condition
“...Many common medical problems (and some of the drugs that treat them) can cause insomnia, including allergies, arthritis, heart disease, hypertension, asthma, arthritic conditions, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, hyperthyroidism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...”

Kelp

...as a treatment
“...Alzheimer's Disease: Kelp (5 tables daily) is helpful in supplying minerals in the recovery process...”

Lecithin / Choline

...as a treatment
“...Phosphatidylcholine has been used in connection with the following conditions ... Alzheimer's disease, Bipolar disorder, Hepatitis, High cholesterol...”

Low Male Testosterone Level

...relationship to Alzheimer's Disease
“Baltimore Longitudinal Study showed a strong correlation between low testosterone levels and dementia, as well as increased risk of Alzheimer's disease.”

Low Melatonin Level

...the condition
“...Melatonin deficiencies have been seen in patients with in cancer, heart disease, ulcers, Alzheimer's, and SIDS, although some of these correlations don't appear to be particularly strong...”

Manganese

...as a treatment
“...Manganese is used in the following conditions ... Alzheimer's disease...”

Manganese Requirement

...the condition
“...It is useful in the treatment of many nervous system disorders including Alzheimer's disease, and schizophrenia...”

Megaloblastic Anemia / Pernicious Anemia

...relationship to Alzheimer's Disease
“Pernicious Anemia can be mistaken for Alzheimer's in older patients.”

Mercury Toxicity (Amalgam Illness)

...relationship to Alzheimer's Disease
“Because Alzheimer's patients often exhibit increased concentration of heavy metals such as mercury in their blood and brain, toxic exposure is believed to play an important role...”

NADH

...as a treatment
“...There is preliminary evidence suggesting that NADH might be useful in Parkinson's disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer's disease and cardiovascular disease...”

NSAIDs

...as a treatment
“...If you are taking them already and tolerating them well, the reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease may be another very motivating reason to continue...”

Parkinson's Disease

...relationship to Senile Dementia
“...However, about 30% of Parkinson's disease victims eventually develop Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.”
...relationship to Alzheimer's Disease
“A study published in 2003 in The Archives of Neurology found that people who rapidly develop symptoms of Parkinson's disease may be up to 8 times as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.  The study found that the physical symptoms of Parkinson's disease are linked to a decline in mental functioning as seen in Alzheimer's disease...”

Phosphytidalserine

...as a treatment
“...PS has been effective in improving memory in Alzheimer's disease cases, and may even prevent or delay onset of Alzheimer's...”

Poor Memory

...the condition
“...Memory problems can also be the result of deeper-rooted issues such as brain disease, tumors, or the onset of a disease such as Alzheimer's that causes brain cell deterioration...”

Pregnenolone

...as a treatment
“...It has shown such great promise that it is now being studied by many prominent researchers in relation to diseases such as Alzheimer's.  Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, and Spinal Cord Injury Pregnenolone has a strong proven history as a widely used, side-effect free arthritis treatment...”

Premature/Signs of Aging

...the condition
“...Other times, atrophy or tissue wasting can occur, as in muscle weakness with lack of exercise, mucous membrane and glandular deterioration with decreased hormone levels and brain atrophy in Alzheimer's disease.  Frequently, however, a body that is aging prematurely sends a message to its owner that it is malfunctioning...”

Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance

...the condition
“...A disorder such as premature senility (Alzheimer's disease) may be, at least in part, another example of disease secondary to progesterone deficiency...”

Schizophrenia

...relationship to STD Syphilis
“...Increased behavioral deterioration occurs and the person may be believed to have a "psychiatric illness" or Alzheimer's disease.  Symptoms can include convulsions, irritability, difficulty in concentrating, deterioration of memory, defective judgment, headaches, insomnia, fatigue, lethargy, deteriorated...”

Senile Dementia

...the condition
“...The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer's disease, a progressive brain disorder causing deterioration in memory and thought processes...”
...our question about B-complex supplementation
“...B vitamins help reduce levels of homocysteine, which is linked to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.  Studies have shown that individuals taking B vitamins experience less brain atrophy and better cognitive function than those who do not.”

Syndrome X / Metabolic Syndrome

...the condition
“...Syndrome X also generates high levels of cell-damaging free radicals and causes premature aging, setting the stage for catastrophic health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, cancer, and other age-related diseases...”

Vascular Dementia

...the condition
“...Mixed dementia: In about 10% of vascular dementia cases, Alzheimer's disease is also present and has also caused damage to the brain...”
...relationship to Senile Dementia
“Vascular dementia is the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer's Disease.”

Vinpocetine

...as a treatment
“...Some research suggests that vinpocetine may also help to prevent the neurotoxic effects implicated in Alzheimer's disease.  30 to 40mg a day is recommended...”

Zeolites

...as a treatment
“...Persons who have serious health problems such as malignancies, advanced arteriosclerosis, neurologic diseases (Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease), severe reflux esophagitis etc...”
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