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Which are the probable causes of Alzheimer''s disease?

A: There is only one KNOWN cause of Alzheimer''s disease (AD). Scientists have so far identified one Alzheimer risk gene called apolipoprotein E-e4 (APOE-e4). However, there are several RISK FACTORS: 1) Head injury: There appears to be a strong link between serious head injury and future risk of Alzheimer’s. 2) The risk of developing Alzheimer’s or vascular dementia appears to be increased by many conditions that damage the heart or blood vessels. These include high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high cholesterol. 3) A nutritious diet, exercise, social engagement, and mentally stimulating pursuits can all help people stay healthy. New research suggests the possibility that these factors also might help to reduce the risk...


What is Alzheimer`s disease?

A: Alzheimer`s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that, over the course of seven to ten years, renders its sufferers unable to remember much about their lives, recognize their loved ones, engage in coordinated movement, speak properly, or use the toilet on their own. Alzheimer`s disease probably does not kill people directly, but impairs their ability to take care of themselves, making them much more susceptible to other ailments and consequently leading to their death. The disease starts with a mild forgetfulness, which gets progressively worse until most of the mental faculties we associate with personality and intelligence are destroyed.. Alzheimer`s disease most...


How common is Alzheimer''s disease?

A: The Alzheimer''s Association estimates that one in 10 people over age 65 and nearly half of people over 85 have Alzheimer''s disease. The percentage of people who have the disease increases every decade after the age of 60. ,br>Currently, about 4.5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer''s disease, and about 22,000 people die from Alzheimer''s disease every year. This makes Alzheimer''s disease the seventh leading cause of death in people over 65 years old. The number of Americans with Alzheimer''s disease is expected to increase to 14 million by 2050, unless a cure or preventive measure can be found. Other causes of dementia Dementia can...

Alzheimer"s disease

A: Hi Cynthia, there are many causes of dementia in the elderly. Alzheimer"s disease is just one of them. The main risk factor for all types of dementia is age. About 3% of men and women between the ages of 65 and 74 suffer from dementia, but after age 65, the percentage of people with dementia approximately doubles with every decade of life. The proportion of people aged 85 and older with dementia is between 25 and 35%. It is important to understand that while dementia is seen more in older people, it is not a normal part of aging. We all are living longer and longer. If you were born in 1900, your life expectancy was 47 years. For a child born in North America now, its now pushing 80. We have more and more people living to greater and greater ages.  In the...


Are there medications to stop the progression of Alzheimer''s disease?

A: Alzheimer''s disease is a medical condition that affects a part of the brain which is involved in memory, comprehension, and processing of thoughts and language. The disease afflicts approximately 5% of people between the ages of 65 and 74 years of age. There is no cure for Alzheimer''s disease. However, there are medications that may help manage the disease. Some medications work by decreasing the progression of the condition and other medications are used to treat the associated symptoms such as agitation and hallucinations. Some of the primary medication classes and medications used to treat Alzheimer''s disease include: Cholinesterase inhibitors: This class of...


Is There a Link Between Alzheimer''s disease and Smoking?

A: A few major studies have established a correlation between smoking and developing Alzheimer''s disease, but none are widespread or detailed enough to fully understand the link. Some early studies were retrospective, meaning they examined the smoking habits of those who had already developed Alzheimer''s. Prospective studies followed smokers and non-smokers, administered tests, and measured mental acuity. As it stands, the decline in mental skills of the elderly is worse among smokers. However, in people who carry a gene that makes them susceptible to developing Alzheimer''s, smoking seems to neither prevent nor speed the onset of the disease. In 1998, a prospective study from Erasmus Medical School in the Netherlands, showed that smokers...

At what age does Alzheimer''s disease can start to affect a human?

A: There is no set age. There are two types of alzheimers, regular, and early-onset. Early onset can affect someone at any age contained by theory, but across the world shows in the deferred 40''s-50''s crowd. As far as regular alzheimers, it can show any age beyond 60. There is no cure for alzheimers disease, I lost a grandmother to it. Warning someone will do no good, if someone is diagnosed beside the illness, consequently it just runs it''s course, the just thing family connections can do is be there for their loved one and backing take support of them. Ow...that grammar burns me.it could be developed at a massively early age. a worthy example would be gregory in my class. he is such an outmoded timer and forgets what he did the day previously. he also forgets...


Death from Alzheimer's disease

A: Hi Cheryl, I apologize for the delay in responding as I was out of town.  To answer your question, as Alzheimer"s progresses, many bodily functions begin to shut down  - kidneys, for example.  But, by far, the most common cause of death in Alzheimer"s is a result of their inability to swallow. Hope that helps, Mary...

Is Exelon the best medication out there for Alzheimer''s disease?

A: Currently, there are no drugs to cure Alzheimer. Drugs available are used to control symptoms to improve quality of life and to slow the progression of the disease. Some categories of drugs are: Acetyl cholinesterase inhibitors, MNDA receptor antagonists and antioxidants. Available acetyl cholinesterase inhibitors on the market are Aricept (donepezil), Exelon (rivastigmine) and Razadyne (galantamine). These drugs are approved for mild-to-moderate Alzheimer''s disease. These drugs have been shown to have a modest effect on slowing cognitive losses. There have been no head-to-head comparison studies of these drugs and there is no evidence one is more efficacious than the other. Keep in mind that the side effect profile for each drug may be...


Can people die from Alzheimer''s disease?

A: yes, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alzheimer''s Prognosis is about 7 yrs. doc Alzheimer''s is not listed as the cause of death on a Coroner''s Certificate. People die from a variety of other conditions. Pneumonia, Complications from slip and fall, Bedsores with subsequent infectious process, Poor nutrition, with the obvious sequella. As to the prognosis of life expectancy, it depends on a variety of factors, age of onset and physical status at that time, degree of cognitive defect, support system (which boils down to $$$$$ available for care). As stated by Stephen, which is correct, patients do not technically die from Alzheimer''s disease but from conditions caused by the disease (such as aspiration pneumonia from forgetting how to...

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