Alzheimer’s is a scary disease. Alzheimer‘s disease is a difficult topic for many to discuss but it is important to remember “Facts conquer fear”.
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s is a disease that robs people of their memory. In the start people with Alzheimer’s have a hard time remembering recent events, however long term memories remain intact.
Alzheimer’s usually occurs in people over the age of 65. Women are more likely to have it than men.
However as we age our memories do tend to slip. Mild forgetfulness is a normal part of aging. But if memory problems start affecting your daily life, then it can be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. The range of symptoms and their severity vary person to person, but it is very important to know what they symptoms are so you can identify them early on.
One should be on the lookout for the following symptoms:
- Memory Loss
This is the most common symptom. You need to ask yourself are you easily forgetting information you just picked up? Are you noticing that you are asking for the same information over and over again? Do you find yourself increasingly using post-it-notes or reminders on your smartphone?
- Changes in Vision
One of the early symptoms is having difficulties in reading and trouble judging distance. Also some people have difficulties telling colors apart. If you notice these problems, you should visit a doctor, especially more so if you drive.
- Conversations are becoming difficult
Finding the right word becomes difficult and it starts happening often. Some people also find themselves calling things by the wrong name.
Also keeping up and joining conversations may seem difficult. Another sign is that you find that you keep on repeating yourself or have to suddenly stop in the middle of a discussion as you do not know what to say.
- Mood changes
Frequent mood swings leading to feeling depressed, scared and anxious are often a sign of Alzheimer’s. Some people also begin to feel increasingly suspicious of people.
- Losing things frequently
Misplacing things is very common, it happens to everybody at every age. However it should be taken as a symptom of Alzheimer’s when you find that you are not able to retrace your steps to find them. Or you find that you are keeping things in usual places, for example your spectacles in the refrigerator.
What should you do if you have the above symptoms?
If you notice that you have some of these signs, you should visit your doctor. The sooner you visit a doctor the better, for early treatments help to better manage Alzheimer’s disease.
Once you get a doctor’s appointment she will carry out an evaluation of your mental and physical health. She will also take an in-depth look at your medical history. She may also suggest for blood or brain imaging tests.
Once the results are in, depending upon them she may refer to you a neurologist who specializes in Alzheimer’s.
You can also find an Alzheimer specialist through your local Alzheimer’s association.
What causes Alzheimer’s disease?
It still has not been determined what exactly causes Alzheimer’s disease. However researchers have found that the following increase the chance of having Alzheimer’s disease:
- High cholesterol and high blood pressure increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. You should get your cholesterol checked and talked to your doctor about how to effectively manage your cholesterol levels.
- Family history plays a great role. People who have sibling or parent with Alzheimer’s are at a greater risk.
- For most people the risk of Alzheimer’s increases after the age of 65
- Some studies have shown links between major head injuries and Alzheimer’s.
Does your diet contribute towards Alzheimer’s disease?
According to researchers having a healthy diet does help to reduce the risk of you getting Alzheimer’s.
Researchers have found that people who followed diets which contained foods like berries, leafy greens and fish had a major reduction in their risk of Alzheimer’s. Such a diet resembles the Mediterranean diet a lot.
Remember always “And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose” Romans
It is difficult to keep faith during the trail of Alzheimer’s but remember that God always can bring good out of anything, even Alzheimer’s.
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