There are multiple causes for Alzheimer’s and that’s one thing that makes it frustrating. It’s not just this single thing or that single thing but rather a multiplicity of options that hit some folks and skip right by others. But here are the general causes of Alzheimer’s.
It appears that Alzheimer’s is not considered to be a result of normal aging.
But, the older you get, the more likely it is that you will succumb to this disease. The numbers say that after the age of 65 the incidence of Alzheimer’s doubles every decade.
There is clearly the genetic component to this disease. If you have a close relative, such as a parent or sibling, it would appear your risk is higher.
It would appear the gene is one called apolipoprotein e4 (APoE4). There are now genetic tests that you can take that will identify whether you carry this gene. But having said that, just because you carry the gene there is no guarantee that you will succumb to Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimers Versus Dementia
What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?
Although they share similar results on the brain, there is a fundamental difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, the causes are different.
- With dementia, we’re looking at a reduced blood flow to the brain because of disease, previous head trauma, or other physiological problem.
- With Alzheimer’s disease, it appears there are a multitude of factors including genetics, past trauma, lifestyle, and physiological condition.
Alzheimer’s disease results in two specific things happening in the brain: the first is the accumulation of a plaque that slowly but surely kills cells. The second factor in Alzheimer’s disease is the aberrant behavior of a protein called tau.
So while the effects are roughly the same, there is a fundamental difference between the two conditions,
and this may mean we’ll have two differing solutions to this problem.
Who gets it?
There is no human group that’s immune from this disease. No matter the ethnic origin, lifestyle, or language, immunity is not guaranteed.
Some genetic background or behavior may slow it down or prevent it but as a human race it’s one we’re all living with.
Can You Prevent It
This is the good news part of the introduction. It is quite possible to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s for a significant time and if some of the research is correct, it’s equally possible to prevent it.
What’s The Problem Then?
Most folks don’t want to do the work. Pushing back or preventing this disease isn’t necessarily as simple (currently) as taking a pill.
It’s a lifestyle choice and while changing lifestyles may not totally prevent Alzheimer’s, these changes will create a better functioning life while pushing back its onset.
For example, the research is clear that exercise works on our body much more efficiently than supplements. But, many folks don’t want to do the exercise.
Many folks can’t afford the supplements. Some of the suggested supplements can make quite a dent in a monthly budget and if you’re a senior on a restricted income, they may not be affordable.
Is There A Cure For Alzheimer’s
The short answer is not at this time. There are ways to push it back, to delay it but nothing that will reverse it. Having said this, there’s a great deal of research going on at the moment. I do update this website on a regular basis.