Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Alzheimer's

 

Overview

Is a degenerative disease, Alzheimer's destroys healthy brain cells due to beta protein cells that disconnect the brain cells from sending out electric impulses leading to dementia. This causes the brain cells to wither and die leading to memory loss, thinking and behavioural disorders which affect daily life, simple tasks and social life of the individual.

 

Causes

Though there are no specified causes for Alzheimer’s, it is widely believed that it is an age related problem. It is more common in people over the age of 65 and this is increased in those over the age of 85. It is perceived that the killing of nerve cells by what are called plaques and tangles could be the reason for one having this condition. A combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors like first degree relatives having this disorder could increase the likelihood of getting Alzheimer’s. Those with high blood pressure, high cholesterol or uncontrolled diabetes could be at an increased risk of developing this condition.

 

Symptoms

The major symptom is the memory loss that disrupts the daily routine life. The person may tend to forget important dates and events and make repeated requests for the same information. There could be a loss of ability to plan and work according to the plan. The person may not be able to work with numbers. Difficulty in concentration, forgetting the way to reach a regular destination, difficulty in reading and comprehending when seeing everyday things can be some of the vital symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Those afflicted may show signs of forgetting their vocabulary and call things by the wrong name, often misplace things and mostly their recall of events is very poor. They might show signs of not being able to handle money and they could also tend to withdraw from work and social interactions. They also tend to neglect personal hygiene, have difficulty in performing familiar tasks and solving daily problems due to loss of judgement. People suffering with Alzheimer’s may experience severe mood and personality changes.

 

Diagnosis

A doctor is to be consulted when a person shows signs and symptoms of memory loss, change in thinking and behaviour patterns among others. The doctor makes a thorough study of the signs and symptoms together with the related information given by the family to review the mental condition. The doctor may eliminate the possibility of any type of medical disorder by asking the patient to undergo a few tests. Assistance of specialist doctors may be taken to further assess the problem.

 

Treatment

There are various medicines for the management of Alzheimer’s. The drugs prescribed by the doctors tend to control symptoms so as to enable the patient to carry out their daily activities.

 

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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