We all know someone affected by Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more than those with breast/prostate cancer combined. A staggering 1 in 10 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease and every 66 seconds someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with the disease. Pharmacotherapy to treat the disease is weak, at best. The drugs work to “slow” the disease, but usually only target one possible cause.
I recently read the much anticipated book by Dr. Dale Bredesden, which I hope will revolutionize the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. He succinctly describes the types of Alzheimer’s and provides an explanation of the complexity of the disease – which is VERY complex. Considering there are a significant amount of contributors, his practical applications show that small, simple changes can help all of those along the Alzheimer’s spectrum, from newly diagnosed to severely debilitated – to those who want to prevent the disease from happening altogether.
Bredesden suggests testing for Apo-3/ApoE4 to check how your genetics affects your likelihood to get the disease, but notes that positive ApoE3/4 is not a guarantee to get it. He speaks about “epigentics”, which is the notion that genetics alone is not a reason to get a disease – there are a multitude of changes someone can make in their environment, which can do to REDUCE their chance. Bredesen provides a multitude of action items – from diet change, to required lab monitoring, to sleep and stress, all which can reduce symptoms and severity of the disease.
Are you concerned with Alzheimer’s disease, either with you or a loved one? Please, please, please RUN – do not walk to get this book. Please comment below on your experience.