Scientists Find New Treatment for Alzheimer’s
The growing number of older people in society today brings more cases of Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases associated with age.
The effect is so striking that the number of cases of Alzheimer’s will double over the next 20 years, according to the World Alzheimer Report, published in 2015.
That’s why researchers are competing against the clock to not only give patients a higher quality of life, but also try to reverse the effects of the disease.
Since we know that many studies done on Alzheimer’s and that just made little progress so far, it is important to take this news with a grain of salt.
Although it seems that a “small breakthrough” just made.
At Easton Center (which specializes in research on neurodegenerative diseases) at the University of California scientists have managed to slow down and even reverse the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s.
We’ll give you all the information below.
A new treatment for Alzheimer’s
The study has already been published in the journal “Aging” and talks about a new treatment for Alzheimer’s. According to Dale Bredesen, chief of Easton Center as well as for this study, the most innovative aspect of their research how has tackled it.
So far, they have created a unique treatment for Alzheimer’s, in the hope that it will slow down the cognitive deterioration.
What is innovation of this study is that each patient received a combination of several drugs and vitamins, along with a predetermined diet and changing life habits.
The results they got after treatment periods of between nine months and two years, was very encouraging. Let’s take a closer look at the details.
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The drug is called MEND (Metabolic Improvement of neurodegeneration).
So far, only nine patients with Alzheimer’s disease received it, and they have demonstrated positive results: their cognitive performance improved significantly.
At this writing, we are only talking about a very limited test size, so it is too early to draw conclusions about whether this drug is 100% safe and reliable. During the coming months, more tests are performed and the treatment will be expanded to include more patients.
Another fact we must remember is that patients who showed the greatest improvements were not those who were in more advanced stages of the disease.
After receiving treatment for nearly two years was measured improvements based on brain imaging and neuropsychological tests.
An encouraging result was that the hippocampus, the neuronal structure associated with memory, generally increased in size.
Test patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s as the disease was still at an early stage drug got beyond a very specific and careful diet:
- Simple carbohydrates were removed altogether.
- Gluten and processed foods limited.
- Along with the drug they took as specific supplements, such as vitamin D3, melatonin, methylcobalamin, fish liver oil and coenzyme Q10.
- Each patient was instructed to sleep at least seven hours a day.
- If female patients abandoned hormone replacement therapy as it was restored.
- Each patient is trained for 30 minutes four to six times per week.
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We want to point out again that the treatment was most effective for those who were in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
Neuropsychological tests showed that long-term memory improved by 3-84%.
Patients regained their vocabulary and became better at recognizing faces.
The results are certainly very encouraging. However, scientists are clear about one very important aspect: the treatment would be much more effective if the patient is diagnosed with the risk of Alzheimer’s by genetic analysis. In other words, before disease symptoms appear.