Alzheimer's diseaseAlzheimer's disease: Symptoms, Causes, Complications and Management
Frequently Asked Questions
Alzheimer’s disease is a mental condition of forgetfulness that is progressive and deteriorates with time. In this disease, the brain’s neuron stops working, loses connectivity with other neurons, and eventually dies. Alzheimer’s disease affects the part of the brain responsible for our memory and thinking.
Mild Alzheimer’s disease symptoms:
- The slow decline in memory and losing things very often
- Repetitive asking of the same questions
- Difficulty in finding the correct words to express one’s thoughts
- Getting lost in familiar places
Severe Alzheimer’s disease symptoms:
- Complete memory loss
- Needs help in usual everyday activities such as eating, sitting and walking
- Becomes unconscious of their surrounding environment
- Extreme tiredness
- The probable cause is the unusual protein build up in the brain leading to brain cell death.
- The human brain is composed of nerve cells which work together to accomplish functions like memorizing, thinking, planning.
- In the brain, the amyloid proteins form large masses known as plaques outside the brain cells, and the tau proteins form twisted, coiled fibers within the brain cells. The plaques prevent essential communication between the nerve cells for normal brain functions, while the tau proteins block energy and food, thereby killing the brain cell.
- Family history of Alzheimer’s disease as it runs in families generation after generation.
- Old age
- Specific genes linked to Alzheimer’s disease, such as Apolipoprotein E gene
- Down’s syndrome
- High blood pressure
- Increased weight
- High cholesterol
- Omega 3 fatty acids
- Coconut oil