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.
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