How much do you know about Alzheimer’s Disease? If a friend or a family member has it, you may have looked into it in the hopes of finding some way to help. After all, it can be very painful to watch a loved one’s vitality stolen away by a slow, incurable, debilitating illness. Alzheimer’s is more than just memory loss. It’s more like the loss of a mind, a personality. Victims lose their independence as a result of irritability and changing personalities, a regression of cognitive function, and of course the loss of their most cherished memories. It’s awful.
Unfortunately, not enough is known about Alzheimer’s to manufacture a cure. As it stands, the best medical knowledge can offer are strategies to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Even then, there are so many uncontrollable factors in the way that it can seem like an uphill battle. Age, family history, and so many other things can hurt one’s chances, and once it does appear, there’s no turning back. The damage is slow, but inexorable, unstoppable. We know Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain, but what if there are other factors that have been overlooked at play?
Physically, Alzheimer’s is associated with the destruction of the brain tissue. The logical conclusion, therefore, is that it’s an illness that starts in the brain. To be fair, there are findings that suggest such. For example, people with Alzheimer’s have been known to have high levels of certain metals, such as aluminum, in the brain. However, there is recent research suggesting that the rest of the body may have more to do with Alzheimer’s disease that previously thought. This is because some of the conditions that are prevalent in Alzheimer’s disease, namely Amyloid-beta proteins, are found in other serious illnesses.
Amyloid-beta proteins are the primary component in the protein plaque found in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Ordinarily, they are helpful to the body; for example, it is suspected that they can play a role in preventing oxidative damage, as well as exhibit anti-microbial activity. However, there is not enough information to know about how helpful they are. However, in the case of Alzheimer’s patients, a lot of research indicates that these proteins can build up and become a neurotoxin to the brain, causing the damage in the form of lesions that then progresses into Alzheimer’s disease.