What Medications are Increasing your Risk of Getting Dementia?
A study was published in April 2018 tying certain medications to increasing your risk of dementia by 30%! Anticholinergics are medications that reduce the amount of acetylcholine that is available for the brain to use. Acetylcholine is essential for the brain’s communication with itself and the rest of the body. Without enough acetylcholine, you could experience memory loss, learning difficulties, mood swings and changes, nerve damage, and fatigue and muscle aches.
Fitness Decreases your Risk of Dementia
A study new study was published in mid-March 2018, that investigated the effect of cardiovascular fitness level (i.e., aerobics fitness like jogging and swimming) on the risk of developing dementia. They found that people who had a high level of cardiovascular fitness delayed the age of dementia onset by 9.5 years (compared to people with low fitness)! Even compared to people with medium fitness, people with high fitness delayed the age of onset by 5 years!
Physical activity is one of the biggest ways that you can use to prevent and reduce the risk of developing dementia. More and more evidence is building that supports physical activity as a means to prevent and mitigate dementia. So hit the trails, get to the gym, hop on a bike, or go for a swim!
New Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease is on its Way
Researchers in Australia and Japan are developing a blood test to determine whether a person has Alzheimer’s Disease or not. Although research is still in preliminary stages, the finale will be as simple as walking into LifeLabs for a blood test.
The blood test looks for irregularities in the amount of Beta Amyloid protein in the blood. It is believed that beta amyloid is one of the proteins that clogs up the brain and causes miscommunication between your neurons. Therefore finding larger-than-normal amounts of this protein could indicate that Alzheimer’s disease is on the horizon or already present.
This test has some research implications but more importantly for you, it has real-life implications. This blood test will help with EARLY DETECTION. The earlier Alzheimer’s disease can be detected, the faster therapies can begin, the more time you have to get finances and property in order, and the more time you have to make important decisions about the future. Furthermore, this blood test is much cheaper than a brain scan and will therefore won’t be so hard on your wallet and government taxes.
LMTX(R) – the new Alzheimer’s treatment?
We are getting closer to having better treatments for people living with Alzheimer’s disease. In November 2017, the results on the second Phase 3 study on LMTX were released and showed positive findings. LMTX is a tau aggregation inhibitor (tau protein is deposited in the brain of Alzheimer’s disease patients and disrupts cognitive processes). In other words, it works to prevent the build up of tau protein in the brain therefore allowing the brain to work more efficiently. The results show that at a dose of 100mg twice daily, people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease show a reduced rate of brain atrophy (aka brain cell death) after 9 months of treatment. In fact, the rate of brain atrophy reduced to the same rate typical in older adults without Alzheimer’s disease.
It looks like we are getting closer to an effective treatment!
Should you be Eating more Tumeric?
On January 25, 2018, Medical News Today released this article on a compound found in Tumeric that may boost memory and mood. The compound that is thought to have these benefits is
called curcumin and is responsible for the yellow colouring in curry. Curcumin is an antioxidant (just like the antioxidants found in many berries and nuts that contain vitamins C and E), that work to rid the body of damaging free radicals.