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It’s ALL in Your Brain

An insider look to one of the scariest diseases of adult now a days..

Drugs and Medication

Modern drugs can help sooth agitation, anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness, and may also help boost participation in daily activities.  Newer medications are also becoming available that can improve or preserve thinking skills, at least temporarily.Please note : Regular reassessment is required while you are on any of these medications.  This helps doctors determine if the medicines are being tolerated without troublesome side effects.  These regular visits are also to make sure the patient is responding to the medication appropriately.It is important to note that consumption of some nutritional supplements or medications can have serious side effects or interfere with other prescribed medications.  Please consult with your doctor before using any nutritional supplements or medications.

Vitamin B, E, Folic Acid, and Others

Several studies have investigated whether nutritional supplements and certain medications may reduce the risk of developing dementia.  Some of the findings are summarized below:

  • It has been suggested that antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, may reduce the risk of developing dementia. Interestingly, the protective effect of these vitamins was enhanced when they were acquired through food, rather then through supplements.
  • Adequate intake of vitamin B and folate can help reduce homocysteine levels, and this may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Anti-Inflammatory Agents

As inflammation correlates with brain damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease it has been suggested that some anti-inflammatory agents may help delay dementia.  The effectiveness of anti-inflammatory agents in prevention has not been proven, but researchers now know that they are not very effective in treating Alzheimer’s disease.

Alcohol

Some studies have found that moderate alcohol (1-3 drinks per day) and caffeine intake may have a protective influence.  However, it is important to emphasize that alcohol and caffeine also have other negative effects that may outweigh their potential benefit in delaying dementia.

Diabetes Medications

Careful management of diabetes with medications that maintain blood glucose levels within a healthy range may also reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Cholesterol Lowering Medicines

Cholesterol lowering drugs may lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.Cholesterol lowering medicines known as statins, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or aspirin, ginkgo biloba, and Eldepryl – a monoamine oxidase inhibitor – can also help a great deal.

Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors

Alzheimer’s causes the destruction of neurons (brain cells).  It also destroys the important chemical messenger acetylcholine, which is responsible for memory and other cognitive skills.  While no drug has yet been shown to completely protect the brain against the effects of Alzheimer’s, drugs that protect acetylcholine from destruction appear to hold the symptoms at bay for a while longer.These medications are known as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors and include :

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