4. The Body


So where does the rest of the body come in? Well, the amyloid-beta proteins that play a role in Alzheimer’s disease are also thought to be responsible for at least two other illnesses. These two illnesses are Lewy Body Dementia (DLB), and Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM). Because of the presence of the same proteins known to cause problems in Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the similar correlations between the diseases themselves, it stands to reason that perhaps there is a common link that doesn’t necessarily begin with the brain. IBM, for example, doesn’t seem to affect the mind at all.

3. Inclusion Body Myositis

wheel chair

As mentioned earlier, Alzheimer’s disease slowly erodes the mind, robbing the patient of their memories, their self-sufficiency, their peace of mind, and their quality of life. Inclusion Body Myositis does to the body what Alzheimer’s does to the brain. People with this ailment will experience their muscles growing weaker and weaker. At first, it will manifest as a bit of extra difficulty with otherwise commonplace tasks. However, it progresses to the point where mobility becomes difficult, then impossible without the aid of a cane, and eventually, a wheelchair. General fatigue and injuries due to loss of balance are not uncommon.

2. Dementia with Lewy Body

Dementia in Body

One might think of Lewy Body Dementia as the hybrid between Alzheimer’s and IBM. After all, it includes many of the symptoms of dementia that Alzheimer’s brings on (though they do not manifest in the same order) – the memory loss, difficulty with cognitive tasks, etc., but it also comes with some of the loss of motor control and the muscle weakness associated with IBM. For example, bodily movements may be stiff and uncoordinated, similar to Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, the patient may also suffer from hallucinations. It is not uncommon to have difficulty sleeping, and trouble with swallowing (dysphagia).

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