No effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease exists, even though more than 5 million Americans have it, according to the Penn State Health News.
But what if there was a way to reduce the risk? Research suggests there may be methods to protect yourself.
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
“Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia,” said Dr. Chen Zhao, a neurologist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. “With Alzheimer’s, an abnormal protein builds up in the brain, and over time, that spreads to other parts of the brain and normal brain cells start to die.”
This progression can lead to problems that affect one’s day-to-day life, including short-term memory loss, getting lost, spatial and navigation issues and trouble making judgments. It can eventually lead to trouble speaking or recognizing people.