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Alzheimer's Treatment Secrets:
How To Gain Years Of Quality Life




It's commonly thought that there is no effective Alzheimer's treatment. That a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) means an inevitable one-way slide into dementia until you're left as a husk of a person with no idea of whom you are or where you are.

That is dead wrong.

It's true that there is still no magic drug that can take away the symptoms and prevent them ever returning. But there are still things that you can do right now to improve your memory and keep this terrible disease at bay.

With an early diagnosis you can slow the disease so much that it doesn't become a problem in your lifetime. It's even possible to halt or sometimes reverse Alzheimer's disease.

An Early Diagnosis

An early diagnosis is a vitally important part of an effective Alzheimer's treatment. Both medication and natural treatments work best in the early stages. If you're showing the early signs of Alzheimer's see your doctor and get a referral to a specialist.

It's human to want to put off that visit because you're worried you may be told you have Alzheimer's, but that is the worst thing you can do. If you have AD you need to start treatment as soon as possible. There is also a good chance that you don't have it, that you have a different problem that can be reversed.

Alzheimer's Medication

Medication is usually the first form of Alzheimer's treatment that we think of.

The FDA has approved several drugs for the treatment of AD. There are cholinesterase inhibitors such as Aricept, Cognex, Exelon, and Reminyl. They work by raising the level of acetylcholine in the brain which is deficient in people who have Alzheimer's. Cholinesterase inhibitors are only effective for people with mild to moderate AD, and they have side effects including nausea, diarrhea, vomiting,

Memantine is an Alzheimer's treatment suitable for moderate to severe AD. It protects the brain neurons against the toxic effects of high levels of glutamate which is released by cells damaged by Alzheimer's disease.

A lot of research into new medications is being carried out.

Natural Treatments

There are many natural Alzheimer's treatments in the form of supplements, alternative or complimentary medicines, diet and exercise that you can use in your battle against AD. If they are used along with medication you have the best chance of all your years being quality years.

Here is a very brief overview of some supplements and alternative Alzheimer's treatments.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, and using Vitamin E can give you an extra seven months on average at home before a nursing home is necessary. It's also a great preventative measure.

There is strong evidence that Ginkgo Biloba improves cognition and slows the AD.

The B vitamins folic acid, B12 and riboflavin help keep the brain healthy, and it's thought the three together are especially beneficial.

Melatonin can help Alzheimer's sufferers who have trouble with restlessness or mild insomnia.

There are other complimentary treatments that don't have proven benefits or that have been shown to have no benefit. Coral Calcium for example has been touted as a miracle cure but research does not support the claim.

It was thought that choline and lecithin would help AD sufferers but studies haven't shown any benefit. Huperzine A looks promising but more research is needed. And of course there are other natural or complimentary treatments in the same situation.

Make sure you discuss alternative treatments with your doctor. They may affect other medications you're on or they could have side effects. Remember too that they aren't tested or authorized by the FDA.

Exercise

Exercise can have impressive benefits as an Alzheimer's treatment and as a preventative.

Mental exercise works on the use it or lose it principal. It is great as a preventative measure and it can improve memory and brain function in people who already have Alzheimer's. Mental exercises can be enjoyable as well, like playing bridge or doing crossword puzzles. There is reading, learning poetry (some poetry is very good indeed), playing cards, even jigsaw puzzles and origami help. Doing a course and learning something new is excellent.

Mental exercise can actually increase the number of neurons in the brain. And it is never too late to start!

Exercising your body, doing resistive and endurance exercise for 30 minutes or more a day at least three times a week can reduce your chances of getting AD by up to 50 percent. Exercise improves your mood, which is and great since there's a strong correlation between Alzheimer's and depression, and it helps with memory and problem solving skills.

There's evidence that it causes new synapses and blood vessels to form in the brain.

Diet

It should be no surprise that diet affects the brain. After all, the saying has been around for years that you are what you eat.

Researchers have found that people with healthy diets are less likely to get dementia. Plenty of fruits, vegetable, grains, and dairy products keeps your brain in top condition, and at the same time it decreases your risk of heart attacks. What a bonus! It's good for your skin as well.

More Methods of Fighting AD

Here is a handful of ideas that probably don't appear to be Alzheimer's treatments, but they have proven benefits to sufferers.

Get enough sleep, it will help you to think better.

Lower your stress levels. Chronic stress can cause memory loss.

Socialize; people who have more social activities suffer less from AD.

Be productive. Volunteer, or continue to work. More active people suffer less from AD.

How to Get More Information

The Alzheimer's treatments on this page can change your life. They can, and have helped countless other people. See your doctor and map out a plan to fight this devastating disease and give yourself more years of living the way you want.

You'll find more details on Alzheimer's treatments by following the links. But the best source of information I've found for treating and preventing Alzheimer's disease is Frank Mangano's e-book “The Mind Killer Defense”.

I've read a lot of Alzheimer's books while I've been researching AD, and found nuggets of valuable information in most of them.  “The Mind Killer Defense” brings everything together in one book, including information I haven't seen anywhere else. It is well worth a read, and I suggest you have a look at it.

Click to read my review of  "The Mind Killer Defense".


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