Alzheimer’s Disease

Worldwide, nearly 44 million people have Alzheimer’s disease. But what is Alzheimer’s? Alzheimer’s is an incurable disease in the brain that cause people to lose their memory. It is the most commonly known case of dementia. This disease was discovered in 1906 by a man named Alois Alzheimer, a neuropathologist. It is most common in men and women who are 65 years and older. Some symptoms of this disease includes impairments in language, depression, delusions, and hallucinations. Is there a cure to this disease? Today our scientist have not found the cure but they feel they’re close.

Although there is no known cure to this disease we do have medicine that can slow the disease down. Some of these medications include galantamine, donepezil, rivastigmine, and taurine. These medications work by slowing the breakdown of acetylcholine. One other common drug used to help with Alzheimer’s is called memnative which slows abnormal brain activity by blocking the binding of glutamate. For so many years scientist have been trying to figure out the stages of Alzheimer’s. In 2011 they figured out that there are three stages of Alzheimer’s disease and those are Preclinical, MCI, and dementia.

Scientist haven’t found a cure to Alzheimer’s yet but they do have ways to prevent this disease. Some ways you can prevent this disease is to take a daily dose of  vitamin B12. Normally a person with high levels of homocysteine have a better chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease. However taking B12 can slow the rate of brain atrophy in a person’s MCI. This ability can control a person’s blood levels of an amino acid which is also known as homocysteine. So even though we don’t have a cure to Alzheimer’s we have the opportunity to learn how to prevent it from ever coming into your life.

In conclusion, there is no proven cure to Alzheimer’s disease but the scientist that are in charge don’t plan on giving up. Until a cure is found all we can do is give people pills to slow down there Alzheimer’s disease. We can also give people who don’t have it the tools to help them prevent this awful disease.

What is acetylcholine in the body and how does it affect Alzheimer’s disease?

Does anyone younger than 65 get Alzheimer’s disease?

Is Alzheimer’s disease passed on to future generations?


4 thoughts on “Alzheimer’s Disease

  1. Alzheimer’s is common in both men and women. As a person gets older they are more likely to get Alzheimer’s. If you are younger then 65 you are less likely to get Alzheimer’s. When you are 65 or older you are more likely to get Alzheimer’s. As you get older your body naturally breaks down acetylcholine, which is not a good thing. The Alzheimer’s disease makes this breakdown much more rapid.

  2. Answering your question on whether or not anyone under the age of 65 can get Alzheimer’s the answer is yes. People younger than the age of 65 who get this disease they call it early onset Alzheimer’s. This usually can come around the ages of 40-50. It’s estimated that around 200,000 people have early onset Alzheimer’s. This is usually found with genetics, where scientists have found several rare genes that tend to cause Alzheimer’s, in which symptoms can develop as early as 30 years old.

  3. I researched the question, “Is Alzheimer’s disease passed on to further generations?” The chromosomes that are passed down from parent to child may be a cause of the passing of Alzheimer’s. The chromosomes 1, 14, 19, and 21 are the main known chromosomes that potentially cause Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease could be passed down from generations if either parent have an Alzheimer’s history in the family.

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