• World Alzheimer’s Day 2016: A matter of Concern for 3.7 million Indians affected

    Every year 21st September is celebrated as World Alzheimer’s Day. Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most important cause of dementia. It is characterized by a decline in memory, language, problem-solving and other cognitive skills which affect an individual at daily lifestyle.

    The thought of developing dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease as you get older can be a frightening prospect, especially if you’ve witnessed a loved one affected by the disease.

    A total of 3.7 million people in India suffers from Alzheimer’s day. It is a form of Dementia and related disorders which are likely to be double by 2030. Approximately, 70% of Alzheimer’s affected patients are 60+ years. The World Alzheimer’s Report 2015 led by Kings College, London found that there are approx 46.8 million people living with dementia around the world.

    Characteristics of Alzheimer’s diseases

    • Memory loss disturbing daily life
    • Challenges in planning or solving problems
    • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
    • Confusion with time or place
    • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
    • New problems with words when speaking or writing
    • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps

    Causative Gene of Alzheimer’s disease

    • Amyloid precursor protein (APP) and the genes for the Presenilin 1 and Presenilin 2 proteins
    • Apolipoprotein E (APOE)-e4 Gene
    • Down syndrome gene

    Helpful tips for management of Alzheimer’s disease

    • Cut down the excess intake of Sugar in the diet
    • Include Omega 3 Fatty acid (EPA) and (DHA) in the diet as it reduces plaque and increases neural conduction in Brain.
    • Avoid Trans fat as it causes generation of free radicals and inflammation of the Brain cells.
    • Intake of Green tea daily enhances memory and cognitive ability through reduction of free radicals.
    • Supplements like Folic acid, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Magnesium and Fish oil helps to preserve brain health.

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