You’ve probably heard of Alzheimer’s before. But, to put it plainly, this is a chronic disease that affects the brain. And, it usually starts slowly and gets worse over time. One of the main symptoms of this serious disease is memory loss. But, this is more serious than any memory loss you naturally experience with old age. With old age, you’d forget things like where you put something. But, with Alzheimer’s, you can forget everything about your life if the disease gets bad enough. This disease affects around 5.4 million Americans, with 5.2 million of those people being age 65 or older.
In fact, one in nine people age 65 or older has Alzheimer’s. And, this disease is often the cause of 60% to 70% of cases of dementia. Unfortunately, the cause of Alzheimer’s isn’t well-known. And, though research is looking for an answer, right now there is no known cure for this disease. That leaves thousands of families battling with this disease and the emotional repercussions that come from it. In serious cases, many Alzheimer’s patients don’t even remember their family members anymore. And, this disease often puts a lot of pressure on the caregivers in the patient’s life.
What Causes Alzheimer’s?
Though the true cause of Alzheimer’s isn’t fully understood, there are a few risk factors that experts believe cause it later in life. For example, they believe that 70% of the risk comes from genes. So, that means if someone in your immediate family has the disease, your likelihood for having it goes up, as well. But, there are other risk factors besides just genetics. For example, a history of head injuries, depression, or high blood pressure have all been linked to the disease later in life.
What Are Symptoms Of Alzheimer’s?
The disease can be hard to catch, because one of the main symptoms is memory loss. But, since most people start forgetting things as they age, it can be hard to know when it’s something more serious than natural aging. And, other symptoms of this disease include problems with language, disorientation, getting lost often, mood swings, low motivation, inability to care for the self, and different behavioral issues. And, as the disease advances, these symptoms get worse over time. Often, the person withdraws from family and society. Eventually, bodily functions are lost, and this disease leads to death.
The only way to truly tell if you or someone you know has Alzheimer’s is examination of brain tissue. Because, this disease actually creates plaque on the brain nerves. And, this plaque eventually leads to fewer healthy nerve cells, which is what causes all those different symptoms. Basically, plaques are protein fragments that cluster between nerve cells and block messages from firing like usual. Eventually, this can lead to dead and dying nerve cells that tangle together and further confuse the natural message process. Basically, this disease renders the brain unable to work properly, and it eventually leads to the brain not functioning at all.
Can You Prevent Alzheimer’s?
Unfortunately, there is no known way to prevent this disease from happening. All the studies done on stopping this disease from happening have produced inconclusive results. Of course, there are thousands of studies that link Alzheimer’s with different lifestyle choices, but nothing is proven yet. Right now, we have to rely on future research to tell us more about this terrible disease. Some experts recommend changing diet, improving your intellectual activities, or taking care of your heart to prevent this disease. But, there’s no surefire way to prevent this disease from happening, especially if it runs in a family.
Cannibidiol and Alzheimer’s Disease
We’ve seen a few studies now that have shown a glimmer of hope for Alzheimer’s patients, including a potential positive correlation between cannibidiol use and “neuroprotection”. If you want to take a look, click here to see the study. Unfortunately, any progress made by researching CBD and its affects on Alzheimer’s have been made impossible by a recent classification of the non-psycho active ingredient as a schedule 1 drug. Not cool.