October 6, 2017

Health Roundup: Alzheimer's edition

FIVE key smells? It could mean you have dementia

Scientists at the University of Chicago develop a new diagnosis test to spot symptoms before they develop.  Those who can't identify 4 out of 5 common odors are twice at risk of dementia. The worse someone's sense of smell, the greater their risk of being diagnosed. The aromas in order of increasing difficulty were: peppermint, fish, orange, rose and leather.  .....'Loss of the sense of smell is a strong signal that something has gone wrong and significant damage has been done."

A good night's rest is your best defense against dementia

All this week, a pair of Alzheimer’s researchers have been sharing their expertise with Mail readers and revealing how simple lifestyle tweaks can help fend off the disease.  We have seen hundreds of patients use our simple plan of lifestyle changes to reverse what seemed to be an imminent Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and our findings have formed the basis of our life-changing new book, The Alzheimer’s Solution. .. This is when the brain undergoes its routine repairs, and the regeneration of neurons and their supporting cells can occur. The cocktail of chemicals released during sleep calm inflammation and bolster immunity — better sleep leads to fewer colds and immune-related disorders, and even a lower risk of cancer.  The ‘brain fog’ you might get after a really bad night’s sleep is the same in early Alzheimer’s. Lack of sleep impairs your ability to function during the day, slowing your focus, your processing speed and your short-term memory.

Women in their 40s with high blood pressure face dementia danger

The risk of dementia increased 73 per cent among women who started having blood pressure problems in their 40s . There was no evidence that having high blood pressure in one’s 30s or 40s increased the risk of dementia for men. The findings, based on a study of more than 7,200 people in the US by Kaiser Permanente research institute in California, reinforces growing evidence that lifestyle in middle age has a marked impact on health in retirement.  The study involved 7,238 people, tracked from the mid-1960s...They found women who already had high blood pressure in their 30s were at 31 per cent increased risk of dementia, when compared to women with stable, normal blood pressure. But among those who developed it in their 40s, the increased risk soared to 73 per cent.  The results were the same when researchers adjusted for other factors that could affect risk of dementia, such as smoking, diabetes and body mass index.

Alzheimer's sufferer, 55, describes agony of becoming violent and losing his memories because of the disease

Greg O'Brien is a former newspaper editor who has early-onset Alzheimer's. He currently lives in Massachusetts with his wife and three children. O'Brien wrote an essay in Psychology Today that details what it is like to live with a disease that hijacks his emotions and induces fits of rage. He describes the heartbreak that comes with this, as, at times, this anger is unintentionally directed at his family members.

A List of The Most Hopeful Alzheimer's Treatments Currently in The Works  After many failures, there's still hope.

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