Everything You Need to Know About Alzheimer’s For Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
This November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. With more than 1 in 9 people developing Alzheimer’s in the U.S., here is everything you need to know about this disease.
It is estimated that there are more than 5.8 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s. In addition, it is estimated that this disease affects more than 1 in 9 people. (1) This Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is an important time to help spread awareness and show support. (2) One way to raise awareness is by being informed about what Alzheimer’s disease is and what its symptoms, risk factors, and possible causes are.
What Is Alzheimer’s?
Simply put, Alzheimer’s is a progressive neurological disorder. (3) As a type of dementia, Alzheimer’s affects thinking, behavior, and memory. Typically, Alzheimer’s affects individuals over the age of 65; however, early onset can occur before this. As a progressive disease, Alzheimer’s worsens over time as the brain progressively shrinks and atrophies and cells die. (4)
2021 Facts About Alzheimer’s
The following facts and figures were taken from the Alzheimer’s Association 2021 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures: (5)
- Alzheimer’s kills more people than breast and prostate cancer combined.
- Alzheimer’s and dementia deaths have increased by 16% during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- In 2021 Alzheimer’s and other dementias are predicted to cost the U.S. $355 billion dollars. By 2050, the costs are predicted to rise above $1.1 trillion.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
Signs and symptoms that may indicate the presence of Alzheimer’s include: (6)
- Memory loss: forgetting personal information, recently learned information, etc.
- Trouble planning and organizing: keeping track of bills, making a shopping list, etc.
- Struggling to solve standard problems
- Difficulty completing daily tasks: driving home, going grocery shopping, remembering how to work the TV, etc.
- Daily confusion: losing track of dates, seasons, time, etc.
- Trouble with vision: understanding images, judging distance, driving, etc.
- Problems with speaking and writing: repeating themselves, trouble with the names of familiar objects, trouble joining a conversation, etc.
- Inability to retrace steps and misplacing daily items
- Decreased judgment and decision-making skills
- Withdrawal from work, hobbies, and social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
- Forgetting the names of family members and daily objects
Causes of Alzheimer’s
The exact cause of Alzheimer’s is not fully understood. However, it is believed that Alzheimer’s may be caused by a combination of genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors that affect the brain. This is because this disease takes place in the brain, specifically in the region that controls memory.
Alzheimer’s begins in earnest when the proteins in the brain begin to function abnormally. The neurons (the brain cells) are then progressively disrupted and damaged, which leads to brain connections being lost and eventually dying. This loss of connections and cell death causes the brain to shrink, which eventually leads to death (3).
There are several risk factors that may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. These risk factors include: (3)
- Family genetics
- Down syndrome
- Head trauma
- Air pollution
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Poor sleep habits
- Lack of exercise
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- High cholesterol
How to Show Your Support
Show your support for Alzheimer’s disease this November by wearing teal. You can also show your support by helping raise awareness on social media (2) or donating to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. (7)
It is also important to be proactive about your own health. You can be proactive by getting a free memory screening, eating well, staying physically and mentally active, practicing good sleep habits, taking health supplements, and having regular checkups. (8) (9)
Echo Antioxidant Water™ and Alzheimer’s
Echo Antioxidant Water™ uses molecular hydrogen, a powerful selective antioxidant that has a wide range of health benefits, including helping with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This is because hydrogen has been found to:
- Help protect the brain from Amyloid-Beta (Aβ) toxicity. (10) (11)
- Ameliorate neuropathological impairments by reducing neuroinflammation and modulating intestinal microbiota. (12)
- Sustain the release of bioactive hydrogen by Pd hydride nanoparticles which helps overcome Alzheimer’s disease. (13)
- Reduce oxidative stress and inflammation by inhibiting JNK and NF-kappa B activation (14)
- Improve memory function by reducing oxidative stress (15)
Simply put, what the points above mean is that molecular hydrogen is able to help with Alzheimer’s by:
- Protecting the brain against certain types of proteins that can lead to Alzheimer’s
- Reducing brain inflammation and helping support good gut health, which in turn helps keep the brain healthy
- Keeping body antioxidant levels high. This prevents the buildup of oxidative stress, which in turn keeps your cells healthy and helps prevent Alzheimer’s from developing
- Reducing inflammation and oxidative stress levels in the body, which both contribute to the causes of Alzheimer’s disease
- Helping improve your memory and brain function by keeping your cells healthy and free of harmful oxidative stress
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