Memory lapses can happen to anyone from time to time: we forget a name or a number for several minutes. Some people worry that this may signify Alzheimer’s disease especially if it’s an older person who’s having them, but still, there’s nothing to worry about.
This concern is reasonable. 1 in every 9 people over 65 has Alzheimer’s disease. 1 in 3 people over 85 also has this disease. With age, this risk increases a lot. Another present risk factor is the genetic factor.
If you’re younger than 65 years of age and your daily routine isn’t impacted by memory lapses every day, they probably aren’t caused by Alzheimer’s disease.
They are usually a sign of sleep apnea, poor sleeping habits, excessive drinking of alcohol, being dissatisfied at work etc.
But, in case you or any of your family members are worried about this, visit a doctor. He/ She should perform tests for your nutritional status, thyroid function, as well as some current medications you’re using that may somehow affect your cognitive function.
The doctor will use a certain screening tool like the Montreal Cognitive Assessment. This is used to identify people who have cognitive or memory problems like trying to find their car on the parking lot, looking for a specific word or delaying a certain decision.
According to researchers, the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease usually appears 20 years before the symptoms. This is the period when the amyloid builds up in your brain. It’s the first step in a series of events that can lead towards dementia.
The amyloid builds up outside of the neurons in our brain, but twisted strands of a protein which is called tau form inside of the neurons. This is very degrading for the neurons as it kills and destroys them. The brain can’t compensate for the damage.
Then, the first symptoms like confusion or memory loss appear. The disease has become very serious by the time cognitive decline has been first detected. More damage will appear in the brain that will also disturb the bodily symptoms like for example swallowing.
Luckily, researchers are trying to discover new strategies that can prevent Alzheimer’s disease:
Decrease the vascular risk factors during the mid-life: decrease your weight, exercise regularly and make sure you don’t smoke. You’ll also control the diabetes, high cholesterol as well as high blood pressure.
These are some vascular risk factors which can harden and block our arteries. Then, or body’s ability to pump blood rich in nutrients and oxygen to other organs as well as the brain will be disturbed.
Your mind should be busy with some social interactions.
If you have a higher level of educational attainment, it will certainly help you decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease later in life.
There are some people who are forgetful because they have a gene by the name Apolipoprotein E 4 (ApoE 4). It carries cholesterol in our bloodstream.
HMGCR is another gene that has the ability to act as a natural statin and it may cancel the risk. Researchers are trying to test an old drug that decreases cholesterol to see if it is able to mimic that protective gene.
People who are also at risk are the ones with a greater amount of amyloid in their brain. Australian researchers are trying to discover whether amyloid antibodies which are given intravenously once a month can fight this decline.
Try not to use medicines that enhance your attention like methylphenidate or any Alzheimer’s medicines in the case of memory lapses like: galantamine, donepezil, memantine and rivastrigmine.
Try to be more socially and physically active. You’ll improve your memory immediately and you may also prevent Alzheimer’s disease!
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