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Alzheimer’s disease

Posted May 4th, 2018 in Naturopathic Medicine, News, Tips

Alzheimer’s disease

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative disorder that affects people aged more than 65 years old. This is the commonest type of Alzheimer’s and is also called late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. On the other hand, Alzheimer’s can affect younger people (around the fifties) and in this case, it is called early-onset or sporadic Alzheimer’s disease. The late-onset disease is much more common than the early-onset one. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease present with repeated attacks of memory loss, lack of orientation, forgetfulness, and lack of focus. In the late stages of the disease, patients start to develop low mood, depression, lack of balance, incontinence to stool or urine and finally reach a complete vegetative state with a lack of communication with the outside world before they die of their disease.

What is the magnitude of the problem in Canada? 

In Canada, in 2016 it was estimated that about 564,000 Canadians have Alzheimer’s dementia. and 25,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. The healthcare-related costs for Alzheimer’s disease in Canada are about 10.4  billion dollars a year. By 2031, the overall cost to cover Alzheimer’s disease in Canada will jump to 16.6 billion a year. Data reported by the Alzheimer Society Canada http://alzheimer.ca/en/Home/About-dementia/What-is-dementia/Dementia-numbers

Role of Naturopathic Medicine

Giving high doses of vitamin C as an antioxidant agent can be of great value in getting rid of oxidative radicles. The primary causative factor in Alzheimer’s dementia is the long-lasting effect of oxidative stress on the brain cells called neurons that can progress to the development of degenerative disease, deposition of an amyloid material, and damage to the brain cells. Other anti-oxidant supplements such as Curcumin, vitamin E, and Resveratrol can be very helpful in managing Alzheimer’s dementia.

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