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Investigators also are trying to discover whether changes in blood, urine, or cerebrospinal fluid could indicate early Alzheimer's disease in the brain. Understanding more about these biological markers, how they work, and what causes their levels to change is important to help scientists answer questions about the cause and development of Alzheimer's disease. Learning more about these very early stages in the Alzheimer's disease process may lead to new prevention strategies in the future.
One major effort involves the use of imaging techniques, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET), to measure brain structure and function. One day, these measurements may be able to identify those people who are at risk for Alzheimer's disease before they develop symptoms, as well as to help physicians assess the response to treatment of people who already have Alzheimer's disease.
Because Alzheimer's disease is such a devastating disease, caregivers and patients may be tempted by untried, unproven, and unscientific cures, supplements, or prevention strategies. Before trying pills or anything else that promises to prevent Alzheimer's disease, people should use caution and check with their doctor first. These purchases might be unsafe or a waste of money, and they might even interfere with other medical treatments that have been prescribed.
Becoming well informed is another important thing that people can do to protect their health. By reading this information on eMedTV, you are taking the first step.
Preventing Alzheimer's: A Summary
Our knowledge is growing rapidly as scientists expand their understanding of the many factors involved in the development of Alzheimer's disease. However, right now, there are no treatments, drugs, or pills that have been proven to delay or prevent Alzheimer's disease, and a person cannot do anything about the major Alzheimer's disease risk factors: age and genetics.
On the other hand, people can take some actions that might reduce other possible risk factors for Alzheimer's disease. These actions include:
All of these strategies are good to do anyway because they lower the risk for other diseases and help maintain and improve overall health and well-being. It is important to note that the Alzheimer's disease process begins long before symptoms appear. Therefore, to be really effective, preventive measures should start early in life and continue throughout adulthood.
As with anything in life, there are no guarantees. You could do all the right things and still develop Alzheimer's disease because there are so many factors involved. But by living a healthier life, you could delay Alzheimer's disease for years or minimize its damage.